What did you do before your time at EDA?
Before working at EDA, I had many jobs… from driving a forklift to having a landscaping business.
What brought you to the construction industry?
I'm a 3rd generation bricklayer, and I used to play tic-tac-toe in the cement when I was very little. You could say I don't have a choice.
Can you briefly explain what you do at EDA?
My job has me laying block or brick. Sometimes I'm setting stone, it really all depends on the job.
What are some things that most people don't know about you?
I'm very open about it, but unless you’ve worked with me you might not know: I am clean and sober, with a sobriety date of 02/20/2017.
If you weren’t in the construction industry, where would you be today?
If I wasn’t in construction, I honestly don't know where I would be today. As a kid, I always wanted to be a park ranger.
If you could work in any other trade or department here at EDA, where would you be?
I would work in any trade or department where the weather doesn't affect my time. It gets slow in the winter months as a mason!
What is the biggest challenge you've faced in work? How did you overcome it?
I’m not sure what the biggest challenge I’ve faced in work is… maybe just trying to stay teachable? I try to overcome it by remembering the dumbest man in the world thought he knew it all, but the smartest man in the world knew that the other didn't know a thing.
What has been the best part about your experience working with EDA?
There is a lot of good that I can say about EDA. I did my whole apprenticeship with EDA, and I never felt like I wasn't important. The people here are great. You could be talking to Ed DeAngelis himself and if you didn't know what he looked like, you'd have no idea he was the CEO. There is no down-talking with this company, everyone has a voice, and everyone gets heard.
What is your favorite EDA value, and why?
Rather than a specific value, I’ll say that my favorite part of this company is the focus on family. What other company has picnics and events where they encourage you to bring your family? Everyone seems to be family-oriented here which is a big deal to me.