With 33 years of construction experience under his belt, Jerry has truly worked his way up through the ranks. He began his career as a pre-apprentice, moving to a journeyman carpenter position, then served as a foreman. Now, Jerry is a project superintendent and can tout a 27-year history with Shook Construction.
What inspired you to get into this career?
I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, who was a carpenter. Beyond that, I enjoy taking my kids and grandkids around town, pointing out the building projects on which I have worked.
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
The Dayton Metro Library buildings. The project involves several buildings, all of which are unique.
What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?
Dedication, hands-on experience, common sense, planning the work, as well as communicating with the owners, architects and workforce.
What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?
There is no ONE important thing I do. To be successful, I have to have a holistic view of the day. This includes safety planning, planning for the equipment needed that day, ensuring employees have the material needed to the do the job, using the right people for the job, and consulting with the foremen.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?
How to manage multiple job sites at different locations.
What piece of technology helps you most with your job and why?
My smart phone allows me access to my email while away from the office. In addition, my tablet allows me to pull up current/updated drawings in the field and mark them for as-builts so all crews have updated drawings in the field.