At KBD Group, we recognize that having great employees helps us build great projects for our target markets, and we proudly celebrate selected employees during the release of each KBD newsletter. In this edition, we want to shine our spotlight on Senior Project Manager, Randy Rose, who specializes in managing manufacturing projects.
Randy Rose has tremendous experience in building and supporting manufacturing projects. As our Senior Project Manager, he has been with KBD Group for 12 years. Randy is integral to project success from initial client contact through the final turn over back to the client. Other duties of Randy’s position include creating contracts and subcontracts, collaborating with the design team through development, working with local and state officials, communicating with utility companies, and selecting and supporting subcontractors. Randy engages in fostering good relationships with the local community; he demonstrates leadership by mentoring younger team members, promoting the construction industry, and modeling KBD Group goals and values.
INTERVIEW WITH RANDY:
Q: What is your job and responsibilities?
A: I am and have always been a Senior Project Manager at Kajima. My duties over the years have included first contact sales efforts, estimating support, design support, and job cost accounting. I have worked projects from the initial client contact to the final turn over. My duties include working with the design team through development, working with local and state officials for permitting, working with utility companies, selection of subcontractors, penning and finalizing contracts and subcontracts. I take the responsibility of fostering good relationships with the local community and having the great opportunity of being a mentor to our younger team members to promote our industry and company goals and values.
Q: Please also explain your experience in building Manufacturing plants:
A: The greater extent of my experience has been in the manufacturing area with my early years in the printing industry. Later on, I was in auto plants, steel mills, and other manufacturing facilities to include film and laminating manufacturing, food and beverage, wire manufacturing, tire plants, and aircraft manufacturing. I have constructed glass plants, both fiber and plate, and have been involved in munitions and military facilities as well. I have worked mostly in the private corporate sector, but have had some experience in the government sector.
Q: Why did you choose this profession?
A: My father was in this business, and since he has always been my idol in my life, it was just a natural selection for me. I have never had second thoughts of my career choice.
Q: What do you like most about KBD?
A: I have always felt I have been a respected member of the Kajima family. Not all of the endeavors we have been through are book worthy, but KBD has always stood with me and we finished what we started, no matter how hard it may have seemed at the time.
Q: What is your proudest moment at KBD?
A: I have had so many that it is hard to pick just one. Each project completion is a proud but fleeting moment. You put your whole life into some of these projects. Some of my proudest moments are driving past a plant after it has been completed, and you are long forgotten, and the widgets are being made. Just knowing you were a part of that effort is self-gratifying, even if to no one else. I have twice received the Kajima President’s Award for my contribution to projects, and I am very proud to have received those recognition's.
Q: What has been your favorite project and why?
A: I actually have two. The first is the Fuji Film Projects. These are favorites for the quality and complexity of the projects and exceptional work done by our Joint Japanese and American teams. The second is Toyo Tire for the firm but fair owner involvement in the project. It is rare when a client is rowing as hard for your team as he is for his.
Q: What do you find the most challenging at KBD?
A: Finding time to disengage from work: not physically, but mentally. It is hard to stop the wheels from turning when they get started.
Q: What advice would you give to recent new hires?
A: Watch. Listen. Learn. Think outside the norm. Be passionate and creative. Strive to understand why. Learn from those who do. Avoid those who don’t.
Q: How do you define success?
A: I rather like a quote from Albert Schweitzer: "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. I have always loved what I do. I can’t imagine there is anything else I could do. I am a builder, always have been.