Q: What is your job title with Moss? What are your typical responsibilities?
A: I’m a foreman, and I’ve been working for Moss since December 2016. My daily responsibilities include organizing materials, guiding crews on the job site, meeting with inspectors, and making sure we have the right tools and equipment ordered. Of course, the most important thing I do is make sure everyone is working safely.
Q: What are some frequent challenges that you face in your job?
A: I would say that the biggest challenge I have to work with is the weather. Around here, the weather can really mess with our plans, especially in rainy months. Also, making sure everyone follows safety protocols can be challenging sometimes too.
Q: What were you doing in your career before you joined Moss?
A: I graduated from college with an associate’s degree, but I decided not to go for my bachelor’s because college just wasn’t for me. I decided to get my start in the construction industry as a laborer, so I did that for another company for a while. When I started working with Moss, I came on as a laborer, before moving up to being a foreman for a punch-out crew, and then moving up to the position I’m in today.
Q: What do you enjoy about being a foreman?
A: I like facing new challenges. I have to stay one step ahead of the plan because there are always surprises that pop up. This is not one of those jobs where you just do the same thing over and over every single day. There’s always stuff you have to be thinking about, and things you need to be aware of. I love that challenge.
Q: Compared to previous companies you’ve worked for, what makes Moss stand out from the crowd?
A: The thing that makes Moss different is the fact that supervisors and even the owners know everyone that works for them. With a lot of companies, you’re lucky if the owner even recognizes your face. Here, everyone knows your name, they know which jobs you’re working on, and the supervisors and owners visit job sites much more frequently than they did at my previous job.
At so many other companies, you’re just a number. Since I’ve been with Moss, I’ve had multiple opportunities to talk to Garrett Moss and Case Whitfield. That’s something I never would have had the chance to do at my previous company. I never spoke to or even met the owner.
Q: Can you think of any specific project that you took a great deal of pride in? If so, why?
A: I really enjoyed working on the AMLI Fountain Place project in downtown Dallas. It’s a building that you can see from all the way across town. When people ask me where I work, I can always just point at that building and most people know what you’re talking about.
Q: The construction industry in general is having a hard time attracting young talent. Do you have any ideas that could help bring young people into construction?
A: From my perspective, I think it could help if we emphasized how many opportunities for advancement there are in this industry. Too many young people think they’ll be working as a laborer forever. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a laborer, but we need people to know that there are chances for them to grow. If they knew that, I think young people would be more interested in construction.
Q: Is there anyone you look up to in life as a mentor?
A: I would say both my dad and my brother. They’ve always been in the construction industry since I was young, and they’ve always done everything they can to provide for our family. I would see them come home from work being all dirty and tired, and that’s always stuck with me. My dad and brother were both huge influences on me, and they’re the main reason I got into construction myself.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not at work?
A: I’m married, and I spend most of my time with my wife. We don’t have children, so we like to spend our free time with our families. I also like sports a lot. I attend lots of sporting events, and I enjoy going to casinos too.