Hello, my name is Kent Beecham and I believe I had an internship experience that few to none can compare to. Last spring I was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime—to intern on the soon to be historic Highway 1 landslide on the California coast with a small contractor with a large task. Instead of working as a project or field engineer like many of my past internships, John Madonna Construction hired me as an Operating Engineer. Working 100 hours a week and away from home for month after month, was a challenging and unforgettable experience that I will never forget.
I am a Master of Business Administration student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. I am earning a MBA to learn the language of business and to better myself as a manager in the construction industry. Last December, I graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management while also wrestling for my school’s Division 1 program.
Although I was born and raised on the California Central Coast, I have always lived a cowboy lifestyle. Almost every weekend, holiday, and summer growing up was spent working on construction sites with my father or on our ranch with my grandfather. At the time I often felt unlucky—it did not seem fair that I had to constantly work while my peers were enjoying their time off from school. However as I grew up, I began to realize how lucky I was to have the opportunity that others did not. Through my experiences I learned many things; most importantly how to have an unrelenting work ethic. As I have grown up I have applied these qualities to other aspects of my life including academically in the classroom and athletically on the wrestling mat.
Both sides of my family have been in heavy civil construction for over four generations. These strong influences that I grew up with affected my choices as a college student as well as my future endeavors. All three of my past summer internships have been with heavy civil companies that use HCSS on a daily basis: Papich Construction, Granite Construction, and Myers and Sons Construction. After graduating from MBA school, I inspire to become a project executive with a company I can grow with.
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