J.D. Craft is no stranger to working outdoors. His childhood was spent growing up on a farm, which led to him later wanting a career where he could be outside as much as possible. He began his career as a carpenter and now serves as a project superintendent for Shook.
Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?
I keep in mind that I’m unable to control everything. Construction has taught me to prepare for the worst-case scenario—you never know what to expect.
What are the most important qualities of a leader?
Having the ability to adapt to your environment, as well as maintaining a level head when things go wrong.
What does safety mean to you?
Sending everyone home in one piece! The last thing I want is to have to take somebody to the hospital, or worse.
What is a specific skillset or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?
I can picture shapes before we build them, so I have a pretty good idea of what will or will not look good.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?
Those who can, do.