My great- grandfather started a construction business in our small town many years ago and it has been a large part of our lives ever since. Growing up, my parents, brother and I always went on “Sunday Family Drives” to different quarries and job sites. I very distinctly remember the smell of dirt, gas station lunch wrappers and grease, but mostly barely being able to see out the backseat window! The majority of our toys were pieces of equipment that we played with in the sand box outside. My cousins and I knew all of the equipment names by the time we were five, thanks to all of our construction story books! As I got older, I could see more out of the backseat window and became more curious. Why is my does my dad always wear neon colors? What is talking to that loader operator about? How do they get all the rock to be the exact same size? When considering a job, I immediately thought construction. My dad was always working in pits and on job sites, why wouldn’t I love it right? Well, the family business has continued to grow throughout the years and now I am able to start leaving my mark on it.
I started out washing dump trucks with a power washer (which I am sure was just as strong as I was at the time) outside the shop. Then, when I was old enough, I got to operate the scale and weigh the dump trucks. This was much more fun because I got to talk to the truck drivers. I basically had thirty different uncles. It was a good gig. After that I got to work in the office! They needed help and I was a good student who wanted money to buy new clothes. I learned everything that made the company work: filing, scanning, billing, cutting checks, more filing, matching invoices, data entry, answering the phones and much more. I have always had a “behind the scenes” view of construction and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have a lot of respect for people and the things they do because I know how much work and planning goes into it all. Being a lover of athletics, the teamwork I saw from the employees of this business has truly inspired me. I have always felt supported and valued. Not all business trades can offer that. From this internship I hope to learn as much about the construction business as I can. I also aim to continue to better my family’s company inside and out – making things easier and more efficient for all involved.
In the back of my mind, my motivation will always be to have my children grow up the same way I did: playing in the dirt with backhoes and dozers, and squirming trying to see the real equipment working out the backseat window.
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