Joe grew up working with his hands. He worked with his father every summer throughout junior and high school in remodeling. After starting his professional career as a lead installer and carpenter, he eventually joined the Shook team as a project superintendent where he currently oversees multiple projects at the University of Dayton.
What inspired you to get into this career?
I enjoy the changing environment and the personal gratification of seeing a project through completion. I believe that my inspiration originated when I became a young father and having to step up to the plate. But at the end of the day, my own father is who inspired me and the pursuit of purpose is what continues to drive me today.
Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?
I lean towards a collaborative solution, reaching out to a group to solve challenges after I have analyzed them myself. I try to look at what may have caused the issue and then train the team and give them a chance to take ownership in the solution.
What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?
Drink coffee! Then I break out attainable tasks to fit in between what already might be slated for the day.
What are the most important qualities of a leader?
Reliability, communication, passion, innovation and consistency.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
The finalization of a research and development laboratory at the University of Dayton. This nine-month, multiple phase project consisted of heavy coordination of two shifts of construction work… all while maintaining occupancy of the existing building.
Who inspires you?
Mostly, my wife and daughter. They give me a reason to be.