By Lauren White.
Every year, outstanding employees are nominated by their coworkers for the Roofing Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. This award recognizes and celebrates workers in two categories: 1) Workers who exemplify dedication to their work, employees, and company; demonstrate a strong work ethic; and practice excellent leadership, initiative, and resourcefulness. 2) Workers who show compassion for others outside the workplace. They volunteer their time with their communities, churches, families and friends. MVPs are dedicated to their work and to helping others, going above and beyond to get the job done and ensure everyone feels valued for what they do. Five winners were selected for the 2019 Roofing Alliance MVP Awards. At RoofersCoffeeShop® we live by our motto of Roofing Respect® and wanted to highlight all of the MVP award winners. Keep reading to understand how these devoted individuals add value to their workplace and contribute to the world around them.
Starting in construction at age seven, Bobby Ainsworth is a fourth-generation builder. His great-grandfather and grandfather were carpenters and his father’s company specialized in residential custom home builds. Bobby started out by removing debris from job sites to earn $0.25 a day. From there he continued to gain hands-on experience working with his father. At the age of 15, Bobby officially started working and in just two years was running his own crew. Now, he works at Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) as a Commercial Production Manager.
Having been at VCGFL for only three years, Bobby has established himself as a vital asset to the team. “Bobby is great with customers and works extremely well under pressure. Those are two traits that are hard to find, especially together,” shared Neysa Nordstrom, Director of Communications/Production Manager. He is a team player, always sharing his knowledge and helping to find creative ways to problem solve or troubleshoot when needed.
His construction and jobsite expertise are vast and impressive. Bobby credits his skills and education to his family and those he grew up working with, stating, “You can really pick up a lot of knowledge watching everyone else. I gained a lot of hands-on expertise about many aspects of construction by watching and learning when I was growing up.” His firsthand experiences helped him understand the value of hard work, how to manage complex construction projects, and, “how to ask the right questions and collaborate to develop solutions.” Stephen Shanton, CEO of Venture commented, “In construction, we work with many moving parts including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, etc. Bobby possesses an expert skill set across the board that is unrivaled. He is a tremendous asset to our team and his problem-solving abilities and background are truly unrivaled.”
Bobby looks out for his coworkers and also the community at large. With a comprehensive knowledge of OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) guidelines and a commitment to safety, Bobby is able to manage multiple teams and complex job sites. After Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle in 2018, Bobby initiated relief efforts with the VCGFL team. He managed crews and coordinated emergency services including tarping and tree and debris removal. According to his nomination, “After witnessing the extensive damage there, [he] went above and beyond and shopped for Venture donations with the team including food, water, supplies, baby formula, diapers, sanitary items and hygiene kits,” and distributed the supplies to those in need.
As one of VCGFL’s “go-to” expert staff members, Bobby’s expertise and skills are unparalleled. His 38 years in construction have provided him with “a knowledge of everything from A to Z.” Whether he’s double checking his crews’ safety or gathering supplies for hurricane victims, Bobby’s commitment to his team and others is inspirational. His skills, in addition to everything he has seen and experienced throughout his career have proven to be essential to his work at VCGFL.
To nominate your MVP visit http://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for 2020 MVP Awards nomination form.
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