At StoneRiver Company, we recognize the immense value our team brings to our success. We take pride in our team and celebrate their accomplishments every day. We are delighted to share their stories with the world, so stay tuned for our monthly employee highlights. We hope you enjoy getting to know our exceptional team!
1. What is your role at StoneRiver, and how long have you been a part of the team?
I am the Director of Construction at StoneRiver, and in that role, my responsibilities are to execute our new development and value-add construction projects successfully. I joined the StoneRiver team in 2019 and take pride in the efficient processes, procedures, and tracking mechanisms we have implemented to achieve success on all our projects consistently.
2. How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I’m deliberate about spending time with my wife and two small children when I’m not at work. The two small children seem to have a commanding control of what that looks like on a day-to-day basis, but I’m always happy to be with them regardless of the circumstances.
3. What’s your ideal way to spend your weekends?
I like to be active on the weekends; this is the time to tackle projects around the house or get outside to play a round of golf with friends.
4. What’s one item you can’t leave home without?
Sadly, it’s my Airpods I can’t leave home without. I spend much time on the phone and have gotten spoiled with this modern amenity.
5. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
When I was in the 6th grade, my family moved to Hong Kong. It was supposed to be for two years, but it ended up being over twenty.
6. What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
A mentor turned me to the phrase, “Trust the process.” Although its origin is in sports, it effectively means that you put in place processes and procedures to get through difficult times and rely on them along with hard work to achieve success.
7. What book, movie, music, etc., changed your outlook on life?
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink. I have always believed in displaying ownership of outcomes regardless of whether they are positive or negative; this book just coined the terminology around that idea. Just because something isn’t technically your responsibility, you still need to ensure it gets addressed one way or another before it creates a negative outcome for the project or team.
8. What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I always keep a notepad and make lists to prioritize my tasks. This way, I can ensure that no smaller tasks get overlooked, and the notepad helps me keep track of anything that comes up during the day, such as impromptu phone calls or conversations.
9. What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success, and why?
I believe success is essentially a reflection of attitude. If someone has a positive attitude along with the willingness to tackle any problem head-on and outwork the competition, success is almost inevitable.
10. What energizes you at work?
I thrive in a collaborative environment where everyone on the team feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, feedback, and queries. This way, we can work together to produce top-notch work that stands out in the industry.
11. What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
The biggest misconception people might have about me is that I have all the answers regarding construction problems or practices. I have certainly seen a lot and rely heavily on past experiences, but the reality is that every day brings its own unique challenges and circumstances. I work as proactively as possible to put StoneRiver in the best position to manage those adversities when they do come up.