By Karen L. Edwards, RCS Editor.
Recently we profiled the Tremco/WTI team of administrators as well as construction manager Kevin Horchy. In this article, we had the chance to speak to two more construction managers – Brad Metz and Yaroslav Gorban.
We like to start the conversation by asking what they love the most about their jobs, because it’s different for everybody. Brad loves the flexibility in his work schedule and the freedom he has to arrange his time and tasks to achieve a better work/life balance, while Yaro said what he loves the most is “the freedom to run a territory and the countless opportunities to learn something new every day.” He said that he appreciates that he gets to run his territory as if he were a business owner, yet he’s part of a team contributing to meeting daily goals.
It’s always interesting to learn how people get into the roofing industry. In Brad’s case, he started working construction jobs in the summer when he was a teenage laborer in residential roofing. He stayed in the industry because he says, “results are still the primary measure of professional success and career advancement.”
Yaro has not always been in the roofing industry. In fact, he was a small business owner when he was approached several times about joining the industry. He said no each time, until one of those times he was convinced to take the plunge. His first year, he kept the business and took a role as operations manager over national production. After spending some time in that role, he knew he wanted to make it his full-time career. He stays in roofing because he feels he hasn’t tapped out his knowledge and has a yearning to learn more.
What is a typical day like for a construction manager at Tremco/WTI? Brad is quick to say that there is no such thing as a typical day. “One day, you can spend 12 hours in the office working on administrative tasks. The next, you could be traveling and meeting with customers, Tremco sales rep’s and subcontractors for any number of reasons,” he said. Yaro agrees that no day is typical saying that “in the life of a construction manager is we are problem solvers, promote new business, we are students yet teachers and must know minimally a little bit of everything. We could be running meeting, collecting information on a roof/building a new system, working behind a desk, working with owners, contractors, reps and much more. Life never gets boring.”
Construction managers face challenges in their positions too. Yaro says the most common challenge for him is weather because it makes planning more difficult. Brad says that as a construction manager you are “the hub, spoke and rim of the project communication wheel” so it's important to make sure communication flows and you don’t become the bottleneck.
What do the two of them like the best about working at Tremco/WTI? Brad loves the diversity of the work. No two days are ever the same. Yaro loves the people he works with saying that his teammates are “truly one of the best groups of individuals that I know. It’s not just working for a company, but it’s more like working with your friends and family.”
Does being a construction manager sound like it would be right up your alley? You’re in luck because they are currently hiring. Check out the job and apply today!
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