My name is Connor Kennedy and since January of 2017 I have had the honor and privilege of working at APAC-Central in Springfield, Missouri. I am currently a student at Missouri State University working towards my bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, and ultimately a Master’s Degree in Project Management. Because my grandpa owned a local earthwork contracting company, you could say I was born with construction equipment oil in my veins. I fell in love with the industry, machinery, and dirt from an early age and this love has only grown throughout the years. Growing up around construction has taught me many things and has helped guide me into the person I am today, although being an intern in the construction industry has not only strengthened my love for construction, but has made me realize that construction is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
In the fall of 2015, during my first semester at Missouri State, I was simply a student. I took Construction classes but I was not involved in Construction Club, did not attend any events that were university related. I went to class and that was it. At the time, I had no idea how valuable personal interaction and networking were. In my first construction class, we were required to attend the Career fair. Hesitantly I attended the fair. I had a job at a local car dealership, and I thought it was too early in my college career to have an internship, therefore, my interest in obtaining an internship was low. Even so, I created a presentable Resume and had in mind a few companies I wanted to visit with. The top two companies I was interested in visiting with were Emory Sapp & Sons (ESS), and APAC-Central. I wanted to talk with ESS because when my grandpa was looking to retire, ESS was the company that bought him out. I wanted to talk with APAC because my grandpa had always talked highly of them as a company and roadwork is something I have always been interested in and enjoy a lot. At the career fair, I talked with both companies. I signed up for an interview with APAC and although the interview went well, I did not get the position because I was a freshman with not enough experience at the time. A year and a half down the road I got a phone call from Doug Fronick at APAC asking if I would like to come in to interview with them for the position of intern. I happily and nervously excepted and a week later I was an intern at APAC. The rest, as they say, is history.
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