Chris’ entry into construction began as a carpenter in college. A few years, later, he decided to transfer his efforts to join the Air Force. This launched his quest to learn valuable teamwork skills and how to develop people. Before working for Haydon, Chris worked for a developer in Houston for several years. His father, who worked as a superintendent, once told him, “… the key to success is work ethic and loyalty – carry both of those things with you wherever you go, and you will be successful.” Chris has carried these characteristics with him, making him a valuable leader on the Haydon team.
Chris’ 8 years in the Air Force was instrumental in building his foundational thoughts about leadership. He spent years working with teams to build and test jet engines. His entry into his current role is described as, “I was able to incorporate my technical skills and leadership abilities very well. When it came to controlling my alligator brain, I still needed some work.” Collaborating with Ross Patterson, Haydon’s on-site personal development trainer, the two established processes for developing soft skills in the workplace.
“Taking care of your people is so important. If we are all pulling in the same direction, that’s the direction we’ll continue to move in. 30 people, different projects, but we are all working toward the same goal.”- Chris Curtsinger
Seven years later, Chris still spends much of his time mentoring his team and making sure they are equipped with what they need to achieve success. He has noticed that the role of superintendent has become much more sophisticated in the last few years. Not only is preconstruction, planning jobs, expanding knowledge base and mitigating risk essential to project success, but client relationships have taken even more precedence in projects. Chris’ intentional interaction with clients, anticipation of their needs, collaboration with teams, and ability to resolve issues on-the-fly, allow him to ensure repeat clients and project satisfaction.
“Not only is my role highly involved in processes, but my role as mentor for our team and relationship developer with clients is equally as important.” Haydon’s focus on the service side of the project means always keeping the end user in mind. Chris says his favorite part of the job is having the “Ability to help develop people in their careers. Also, one of the most challenge parts of the job.” Haydon’s support in training and continued education for their team gives Chris the key resources to help his team personally and professionally grow.
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