Describe your role with The Stahl Companies.
JB: My role in The Stahl Companies’ team is as one who strives to work with Owners and Contractors so that upon completion of a project everyone can see their contributions and grow in their respective vocations.
How did you become interested in a career in construction?
JB: It all started as a young child. I enjoyed building with Legos and I remember “helping” my dad with various projects around the house. As I grew older, I built forts, retaining walls, fences, and was involved in building an addition to my parent’s house. In looking back, I have always enjoyed building things.
What has challenged you most as you’ve progressed through the industry?
JB: I am constantly challenged to be involved in projects that are beyond simply building, where the purpose and value are far beyond that of a structure alone.
How did you overcome that challenge?
JB: This challenge has not fully been overcome, but there is joy found in healthcare construction. In building hospitals, there is purpose beyond just another unique building being built, life changing events occur in hospitals.
Was there one person who was instrumental in getting you through that challenge?
JB: There is not only a single person. In watching healthcare professionals anticipating, and then finally walking into a completed space knowing that they have the means to provide care, this is rewarding. Recently, I saw the gratefulness of an OR department head when an OR was refreshed with just a new OR light, flooring, and paint. It did not seem like much, but this made it possible for them to perform their work more effectively.
In your opinion, what skills/or traits are crucial to have in this career?
JB: The traits I see as being crucial are the ability to visualize a project completed before anything is built and having the perseverance to see it through to completion.
Who is a role model you look up to, and why?
JB: Jim Elliot, who said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain that which he cannot lose” and “Wherever you are – be all there.”
Eric Liddell, who said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run, I feel his pleasure” and “Many of us are missing something in life because we are after the second best.”
What has been one of your favorite experiences so far in your career?
JB: One of my favorite experiences in working in the construction industry has been to see the buildings I have been involved in used for their intended purpose. Also, understanding the way things work and how it takes a team of people to build things. I get to be a part of this every day.
What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
JB: My hobbies and passions outside of work consist of spending time with my wife, daughter, and two sons, along with running, bicycling, building things, being outdoors, and traveling the world to serve others and see how they live.
Do you have a charity that is close to your heart?
JB: Compassion International. Through a child sponsorship program, Compassion International is able to provide children, living in extreme poverty around the world, education, life skills training, health care,
social skills development, as well as protection from crime, violence, and danger.
Fundacion Contigo. This organization cares for abandoned and fatherless children in Ecuador by working with a variety of orphanages facilitating volunteers, advocating on behalf of orphaned children with the Ecuadorian government, and offering care and support to adoptive families.
Who is a person you would most like to meet, current or historical?
JB: Jesus, the Christ.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
JB: The responsibility of caring for my family.
How would you describe your day job to a child?
JB: When my son was 8 years old, he would tell people, “My dad builds hospitals.”