Describe your role with The Stahl Companies.
JT: I am a Project Coordinator and assist with both construction and project management projects.
How did you become interested in a career in construction?
JT: At a very young age, I started working on construction projects with my dad and uncles. I learned everything from pouring concrete to framing walls and hanging drywall.
What has challenged you most as you've progressed through the industry?
JT: My biggest challenge has been learning how to manage construction projects, not just build them.
How did you overcome that challenge?
JT: I stick close to those with great project management experience and learn first-hand from their teachings.
Was there one person who was instrumental in getting you through that challenge?
JT: Walt Stahl is always willing to sit down to explain things. His willingness to teach and guide me has really been the key to my success.
In your opinion, what skills or traits are crucial to have in this career?
JT: A base of construction knowledge is definitely key, but I believe the biggest thing is knowing how to work together in a team mentality and rely on the knowledge and help of those around you.
Who is a role model you look up to and why?
JT: Again, I’d have to say Walt. He works harder than anyone I know. He manages his company, projects, hobbies, friends, and family in an almost seamless manner - that speaks volumes about his project management ability. He works so hard but is never too busy to take a minute to answer a question or chat.
What has been one of your favorite experiences in your career, so far?
JT: Being a part of a project from design to completion and watching every part come together to finally see the end result is a great feeling of achievement.
What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
JT: A few things I love doing are volunteering at the coffee shop at my church every Saturday afternoon, spending time with friends and family, watching the Green Bay Packers, and being outdoors enjoying nature.
Do you have a charity that is close to your heart?
JT: My favorite charity involves local churches doing outreach in their community. Also, being such an outdoor enthusiast and hunter, I’m very passionate about organizations that are doing things to conserve, protect, and expand wildlife areas for all to enjoy. A few of the groups I believe in and support are Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Ducks Unlimited, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Who is a person you would most like to meet, current or historical?
JT: I wish I could meet Theodore Roosevelt. I think he was a very wise and great man, and an excellent president. He had such a passion for wildlife and conservation and I would have loved to have gone on some of his famous hunting trips.