I am a graduate student pursuing a PhD student in Environmental Design and Planning. Prior to this I spent five years working in various capacities for a residential home builder, Dan Ryan Builders, in the Raleigh, North Carolina Market. I love the outdoors, athletics, and most of all spending time with his wife, Jessica, and our two daughters, Naomi and Vivienne.
Though I do not come from a construction family, construction, in various forms, has been a part of my life for the past 17 years. In high school and through the first half of college, I worked on labor crews doing framing, landscaping, land maintenance, and general contracting. During the final years of college and beyond, my work assignments transitioned to the management side of the industry and included responsibilities in estimating, project management, purchasing, and operations. Regardless of the job, I obtained valuable lessons and insights from each experience that will undoubtedly bolster my future career in construction education and research. My most noteworthy industry experience was obtained prior to graduate school working for the home builder, Dan Ryan Builders.
At Dan Ryan Builders, I started as a project superintendent which came with the responsibility of overseeing residential construction under the supervision of a project manager. This role was short-lived on account of a company-sponsored residency program that temporarily rotates select superintendents out of the Production Department and through the Purchasing Department for 3-6 months. The program is designed to provide high-potential members of the production staff an opportunity for greater exposure to the business. My residency began at the end of the summer of 2013, and after 14 months, I was still in this “temporary” assignment. I was then offered a full-time, permanent position in the Purchasing Department. As a Purchasing Agent, my job scope emphasized the technical responsibilities of purchasing, including job budgeting, material and labor procurement, estimating and takeoffs, plan library maintenance, and field support for the Production and Sales Departments.
Less than two years later, I was promoted to Senior Purchasing Agent and my scope expanded to oversee project efficiency, process improvement, employee training, product development, cost management, and system maintenance. In addition to these normal responsibilities, this job provided opportunities to engage in a few special projects. For example, at the beginning of this summer, I managed the preconstruction process for a Habitat for Humanity home. I solicited the donation of labor and materials accumulating to approximately $75,000 and scheduled the home for an aggressive 72-hour building duration. Concurrent with the Habitat for Humanity project, I was given the assignment of acting as the general contractor for the renovation of nearly 1000 square feet of bare commercial office space for the company. This job was unique because my scope encompassed all managerial responsibilities of the project. I hired the subcontractors, obtained the permits, scheduled, produced and reported the cost estimates to the financial team, managed preconstruction and construction, accompanied the inspections, and even helped move in personnel and equipment upon the conferral of the certificate of occupancy. The duration of the project lasted exactly one month from permit to occupancy. I am confident that my diverse industry experiences will enhance and support my future academic pursuits in construction management.