What did you do before your time at EDA?
My father passed away when I was 16 years old, so I had to grow up fast. I had my mom, two sisters, and my brother to take care of. I did various jobs: paper carrier, dishwasher at Ponderosa Steakhouse, and aluminum siding installation just to help chip in.
What brought you to the construction industry?
I always liked working outside and working with my hands, so it was a natural fit.
What was your reaction to seeing EDA’s emphasis on culture?
I was like ‘no way’ until I saw it change a lot of people I know, my coworkers. They just seemed happy at work which really stuck out to me. Eventually I bought in, and I am so incredibly grateful. The culture at EDA has changed my life at home and work. I really look at things differently now.
How is EDA's culture compared to that of your previous workplaces?
At my previous workplace, we had no culture! We were told “time is money” and “all I want to see is ass and elbows.” If you were not in the clique, you would be laid off.
What has been the best part about your experience working with EDA?
Let me just say this: I started roofing two years out of high school with Local 30. I have 35 years in with the union, I have worked with about eight different companies, and I have been at EDA Contractors for 9 years. I so badly wish I could turn back time and stick with Ed DeAngelis from the beginning, when he started the company. I wish I spent my whole career here.
What is your favorite EDA value, and why?
Live Proactively. I used to get out of my truck, put the roof on and go home. Nowadays, I like being prepared and having things in order, it makes my day go easier and I’m not struggling like I would have been back in the day.