Our employees are the heart soul of our company.  You can’t build a building without hardworking and dedicated craftspeople.  With that in mind, we have launched this new monthly series where we interview our workforce and learn more about them.  This months spotlight is on our newest Project Manager – Wilson King

 

How long have you been in the construction industry?
I have been in the construction industry for just over 17 years.

How did you get started in construction?
My grandfather had a development firm and my father was a construction superintendent.  I kinda fell into it really.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you got into the industry?
I wish I knew more of the hands on knowledge. The hammer and nail portion.  Even now, I wish I knew more.

What is your favorite part of working in the industry?
My favorite part of working in the industry is the relationships that you build with the vast amount of different backgrounds and personalities.  It’s a career you can support a family on.  It’s a career that you can see what you’ve constructed or built and that stands the test of time.

What tool or piece of equipment do you like working with the most and why?
Procore is my favorite piece of equipment.  It is very linear and has made life so much easier.  It allows for a more seamless communication on any project. And of course, cell phones.  No more pagers or payphones. 

What was the biggest challenge that you overcame in your years of working in the industry?
The biggest challenge was going through the recessions with different companies.  Also, just different personalities.   You have to learn how to deal with multiple types of people on a daily basis.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
I would be working in finance. I like reading and writing reports so, more than likely an analyst.  I love doing research so that would be what I would have done.

What skills have you picked up through the years?
I think my people skills have evolved.  I am better than I was when I first started, for sure.  I have a better understanding of carpentry skills that I have built up over the years.  I also have honed my ability to see the bigger picture as well as the details.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies?
I love to downhill ski. I like to read and watch soccer.

What is an essential piece of wisdom you have for the next generation of skilled craftsman?

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Don’t be afraid to talk with your supervisor.  It’s important to get all of that knowledge passed down.”