Describe your role with The Stahl Companies.
WS: As the company president, I am responsible for the vision of the company in terms of where we are headed and how we get there, financially, operationally, and administratively. Even though we have great people handling these functions, I still keep my hand on the pulse of the operation. As a small company, I believe my role is to watch over the team members, make sure they are doing okay, be concerned for that which they are concerned, instill confidence when theirs may be low, lend support when support is needed, trust until you cannot, inject humor when warranted, and always care for them and correspondingly, their families.
How did you become interested in a career in construction?
WS: It just kind of ran in the family. My dad was my inspiration.
What has challenged you most as you’ve progressed through the industry?
WS: It is always the people, they are both the greatest joy and the utmost challenge. Personalities being what they are, relationships require patience, understanding, acceptance, and effort, to be successful.
How did you overcome that challenge?
WS: Again, it is the greatest joy, but in order to enjoy the challenge one must invest in understanding, through education, experience, failures, and ultimately, successes.
Was there one person who was instrumental in getting you through that challenge?
WS: Not really, because there have been many. More, it has been through the failures I have experienced along with the successes and understanding why each has occurred.
In your opinion, what skills/or traits are crucial to have in this career?
WS: Hands down, one must be able to deal with people. Technical skills without people skills are fruitless. People skills without technical skills, it is possible to develop the individual given the right direction and training (investing wisely).
Who is a role model you look up to, and why?
WS: I have many, the majority of whom are folks who possess military experience combined with leadership skills and a passion for the country in which they reside. My moral compass is dictated by my belief in Jesus Christ and Christian walk.
What has been one of your favorite experiences so far in your career?
WS: Seeing one of our Stahl team members achieve the level of professional experience/goals that I knew they could achieve, knowing it took a little help and some pushing and directing.
What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?
WS: I like to spend time with my wife, going places and simply enjoying the little things. I also like walking, golf, motorcycling, shooting, and spending time with our dogs.
Do you have a charity that is close to your heart?
WS: I have a few, but I would say Young Life Capernaum is number one.
Who is a person you would most like to meet, current or historical?
WS: Current would be Jesus Christ. Historically, would be any of this country’s founding fathers.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
WS: I want to say my marriage is my biggest achievement, considering I have been married 42 years to the same person. My wife has stuck with me, in spite of me. We have two great kids who have contributed to society. I could not have done it alone. Our business and the people we have met along the way are blessed and have been blessed by.