Whether they’ve been with us for years or just a month, we like to get to know our fellow employees, because they’re a part of our team and soon become part of our work family at Shawn Forth Homes, a home builder in Edmond OK. Our latest member is Gary Thomas, whose role is project superintendent.
Gary has been with us just over a month, but as project superintendent, he plays an important role ensuring everything gets done on time and to the proper specifications. He manages various home building projects and supervises the day-to-day activities that are a part of the whole construction process.
As Gary explains, “My days consist of continually monitoring the job sites, subcontractors, and schedules, while simultaneously planning and coordinating onsite work.” That’s a lot to juggle to keep everything on schedule so you can get your home on time. As a result, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the question he is asked most frequently is, “Are we completed yet?” Think of him as the parent in the front seat of a long road trip!
All jokes aside, Gary takes his work seriously, especially keeping an eye on job sites, which can be dangerous. That’s why he also has various certifications, such as OSHA 30, which covers workplace safety topics specific to the construction industry. He’s also trained and certified regarding advanced stormwater management, Pro-Core Certification, which refers to being trained and knowledgeable with expertise using Procore’s construction management software, and he is also certified in Bluebeam construction software, both of which are important in today’s home building industry.
For all the hard work, certification, and training, at the end of the day, Gary enjoys two things the most about his job. “The first thing is seeing a satisfied customer. The other rewarding aspect of the job is building a team to accomplish the first.”
It’s not all work and no play for Gary, although he comes from a background that respects hard work, and he plays hard, too. “I’m from western Kansas. I love growing up in a farm-rich community. In my off time, I enjoy mountain biking and searching out adventures in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.”
Gary is clearly a great addition to our team and we’re glad to have him with us, helping us be a top home builder in Edmond OK. Oh, and in the eternal debate of #teampizza or #teamtaco? He’s definitely #teamtaco!