My name is Ron Thompson, I am currently a Construction Engineering Management (CEM) major at California State University Long Beach. I was born in Orange County California to a hard working construction family. I worked throughout my childhood at my families blown-in cellulose insulation company climbing into attics and laying down insulation until it closed during the great recession. I became homeless for several years and during this time I developed a great ambition to capitalize on the American dream to excel beyond my roots and realize my potential. I came up with the idea to start my own sales business selling “No Solicitor” signs door to door and traveled coast to coast three times by car doing so until I had enough money to pay for my college. Once I had saved enough, I came back to Orange County and began my education at Golden West College. I participated in student government and earned several scholarships that allowed me to further my academic ambitions and attend the CEM program at CSULB.
I chose the construction industry because my heart has always been in creating and leadership. I cannot think of a greater joy than leading a construction team to the successful completion of a project that we can all be proud of. I feel that construction is something that truly connects us to our past and future. Humans have been building for thousands of years, the capacity to create lasting structures is something that we as a species have always prided ourselves. It is the manifestation of mankind’s most valuable ability, to coordinate and cooperate in a way that gives birth to a lasting achievement that transcends each of our individual capabilities. Something that will be standing long after we are gone. A physical mark on this earth, made of stone, steel, and the effort of countless people who spent their lives building the future.
I began my internship at W.L. Butler Construction Inc. after I met the team at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Sparks, Nevada. I competed on the Design/Build team and learned a great deal from the event. However, I knew that my greatest path towards my goal of becoming a project manager would be to participate in a summer internship. W.L. Butler had a very well rounded intern program that allowed me to spend time in the field, in estimating, and in project management. This gave me a complete look at the life of a construction project and the importance of each aspect of the process. It was a true pleasure working with such a dedicated and supportive team. They took the time to answer all of my many questions and helped me grow the skills I would need to succeed in the industry. I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained and to begin my career in the construction management field.
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