I have been in the workforce since I could get a work permit to wait tables at 13 years old. I spent most of my young life working in restaurants as a busser, waiter, and ultimately a bartender through college. This experience has shaped my outlook as an engineer that we are really in a customer service industry as much as we are engineers. It also taught me that through hard work, you can achieve great success. Even if you are closing the bar at 2 am and taking a final in structural engineering at 7 am the next morning, if you put your mind to things and dedicate yourself, you can achieve your goals, whatever those may be.
I am most passionate about my family, my projects’ success, and getting out and playing sports. I love playing golf, softball, and snowboarding, but any active competition is something I can lose myself in. I love that we as civil engineers get to be one of the first consultants working on new projects, and we stay involved until the end. I form a connection with each project and know the ins and outs of the site. I love that each project is unique, with different challenges and successes. And I especially love that we are taking part in reshaping the Bay Area to host some of the most innovative companies that shape the world.
At this stage in my career, I find teaching and mentoring young engineers the most rewarding. Helping them solve problems in ways that they had not even considered and then watching them pass that same strategy onto their peers makes me feel rewarded.
Through my leadership, I hope my legacy will be that Sandis becomes an even stronger company, where our clients feel like they have a partner in development and that their issues and concerns are shared with a group of professionals who have the desire and ability to solve their problems and ease their concerns.
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