Describe your role with The Stahl Companies.
RL: I started working with The Stahl Companies on April 4, 2016 performing the role of Project Manager.
How did you become interested in a career in construction?
RL: The evolution of my interest in construction began with the mentor- ship of my boss in the 80’s, William Richardson (now retired), who opened the doors for me in Project Management by giving me substantial design responsibility of a CA State Prison in Amador County, from its Master Planning to Construction. My exposure to the construction team and various interdisciplinary engineering teams allowed me to witness and realize how a comprehensive knowledge of construction is the key to better design and vice versa. Since that time, I always combine good architecture with good construction, integrating knowledge of the various engineering disciplines. Challenges for me are opportunities, and I get very motivated the bigger the challenges I am faced with and feel victorious when I accomplish them. This motivation is fueled by trust.
What has challenged you most as you’ve progressed through the industry and how did you overcome that challenge?
RL: Early in my career, my challenges came as a result of my lack of construction knowledge and how architectural and engineering plans could be executed to minimize construction errors and omissions. In short, constructability through attainment and accumulation of knowledge and experience on each side of construction and design broadened my understanding until I reached a comfort level. It does not end here as I am hungry for information and knowledge and would like to expand this knowledge without limit.
In your opinion, what skills/or traits are crucial to have in this career?
RL: I will not refer to these as opinions because I live by them: determination, persistence, knowledge, right attitude toward peers and teams, methodology tools, communication, psychology and people skills, persuasion and negotiation skills, maintaining composure in times of stress, patience, and leadership (both passive and active). Passive leadership is my way of being in the background and allowing others to perform the active leadership role in meetings and directing people. I do both depending on the situation and the targeted result.
Who is a role model you look up to, and why?
RL: A role model is someone who projects an image of confidence and genuine leadership. There are few and I know immediately when I meet one. They do not necessarily hold high positions in government or corporations, or hold vast wealth in society but have pure internal strength with good intentions.
What has been one of your favorite experiences so far in your career?
RL: Whenever I have surpassed a challenge and turned chaos into order, and have eventually realized the fruition of planning and management into a successful built environment.
What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
RL: I have a passion for creating music, staying healthy, the outdoors, but most important of all is my passion to make the people around me happy and in peace. I would absorb anxieties for all to achieve that passion.
Do you have a charity that is close to your heart?
RL: I believe in charities that are intangibles.
Who is a person you would most like to meet, current or historical?
RL: Just real people with genuine feelings toward others.