What is the biggest misconception about the industry?
That construction is a "dead-end" job. Our industry, and specifically the trades, offer incredible career opportunities for everyone willing to work hard.
What is your biggest current challenge at work?
Labor shortage - finding good people to fill critical positions within our company is getting harder as business picks up and everyone gets busier.
How does your ABC membership help your company?
ABC has been an integral part of our company's success since the company began in 1992. The management education classes, Leadership Development Program (LDP), and countless training courses have all provided opportunities for our employees to grow and develop within the industry. The association’s political involvement and influence has directly impacted us and how we do business in Washington, DC. We have had several executives serve on the board of directors including two past chairmen and one future chairman. Being on the board has allowed Goldin & Stafford to stay connected with our peers and industry partners, our local government, and be a part of the continuing fight for free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy in this area.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.
What do you look forward to each day?
New challenges and new solutions to those challenges.
What is your favorite metro Washington hangout/restaurant?
The Wharf or the Navy Yard.
What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?
Develop as many relationships as you can and don't ever burn a bridge. Most people will agree that their career is as much about who you know as it is what you know.
What was your first job?
My first job was working for my father on the family dairy farm. It taught me many valuable lessons that have helped me throughout my career. The most valuable lesson I learned was that I did not want to be a farmer!