Q: What is your position with Milburn? What responsibilities come with your role?
A: I’m a foreman. I started here in late 2015 as a laborer. I was originally hired to become a foreman, but they wanted to make sure I knew the system before they threw me in as a foreman, so I did general labor for six months before moving up to my current role.
As a foreman, my job is to make sure all the field work is done correctly. Basically, I oversee everything that our crews do on a job site.
Q: What was your work history before joining Milburn?
A: My first job was working on cars. I started doing that when I was about 16 years old, and continued through my early 20s. After that, I worked as a carpenter all the way up until I switched trades to come work as a laborer at Milburn.
Q: What do you like about your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?
A: Compared to being a carpenter, I love being in demolition. It’s more satisfying because we see such immediate progress. We just demo what we came to demo, and we move on to the next job. We’re in and out a lot.
It depends on the project, of course, but I’d say that around 90% of the projects I work on are done within a couple of weeks. You’re not stuck in one place. We get to see so much of the city. We always have different views, and we’re working in different areas — we’re not stuck in an office all day, that’s for sure.
Q: Compared to previous jobs you’ve had, what makes Milburn such a great place to work?
A: This company is very family-oriented. They care about their employees. It’s a great bunch of guys that we work for. James Milburn is a great boss. There’s a lot of companies out there that just don’t care about their people, but James goes above and beyond on a lot of things for us. He and Don definitely take care of their employees very well.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not at work?
A: I’m married with six kids — five boys and one girl. I love hanging out with my family. We’re all really into outdoor sports. We love to ride dirt bikes, and we actually used to race them. These days, most of the boys are grown up, and they’ve moved out with their own families, but we still love riding dirt bikes whenever we can.