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#Duckumentary - Kyle Antonik

Today we speak with Kyle Antonik, Carpenter!

What’s your favorite thing about working on your crew/team?

The positive environment that everyone produces every day. Learning from my superiors and just watching how well a team can work together to get a project completed.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do with your winnings?

I’d pay off all my family and close friends’ mortgages, take a month-long trip, and then invest.

How do you stay updated on the latest industry trends, technologies, and safety protocols?

By my coworkers. Everyone has insights on new things, current or upcoming, you just need to put your ear to the ground and listen.

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests?

I love live music. I try to go to concerts as much as I can in places I haven’t been to and see bands or performers I haven’t seen.

What’s one thing you personally must have with you on a job site?

A positive attitude. Nothing gets you through your day like that. A loud radio helps too. lol.

Cats or dogs? And why?

Dogs. You never know what’s really going on inside a cat’s head.

What’s the best piece of advice you received?

This is a hard one because there really isn’t any one piece of advice that stands out because they all do. I’ve worked with so many people at EDA, especially superiors and fellow workers that have given me great advice along the way. I guess the best advice I’ve received was, “You’ve got to come work for EDA.”

Is there anything else about you, your family, or your home life that you would like to share?

I’m pretty much an open book. 

Can you share one new thing you’ve learned on the job or a best practice that helps save you time, energy, or keeps you safer on the job?

Wear your PPE alllllll the time. Once you get into the habit it feels like you’re naked without it.

How do you manage stress and maintain a positive mindset in a high-pressure environment like construction?

Patience. Once you get stressed or you’re doing something that’s not working out the way you want it to, it helps you to take a step back and take a deep breath. Collect yourself and try to attack it at a different angle, or just ask for an outside perspective. Also, be open to suggestions. Everyone at EDA wants to see each other succeed.