What inspired you to be an Architect?
My family and I took a trip to Natchez, Mississippi when I was 12 years old. The antebellum homes in this town are beautifully preserved and people can actually tour them. I was overwhelmingly impressed with the architecture and craftsmanship of these plantations. That trip planted a seed within me. I grew up wanting only to be an architect.
What is your client service philosophy?
To give them my best no matter how big or small the project. Of the three components to every project, quality (producing a clear, coordinated, comprehensive set of construction documents), budget (not exceeding its limitations) and schedule (finishing a project on time), I’ve heard that you’re doing pretty good if you can accomplish two out of the three components. I don’t believe that. Barring major unforeseen conditions, I believe that all three can be achieved successfully. That is what I strive to accomplish in every project.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being in the Energy/Oil/Federal market sector team?
I don’t want to limit my answer to just the Energy/Oil/Federal market. Having worked at TETER for over 14 years, I’ve had the privilege of working in other market sectors. I’ve enjoyed each of them for different reasons. The reward in all of them is a job well done. I know I did something right when: clients consistently come back for more business; a Contractor or Plan Checker says our construction documents were a great set; users raved about how much they like their finished building. It’s all rewarding!
What is your best “lessons learned” project story?
My best lesson learned is … I still have a lot to learn. I don’t know everything no matter how much experience I’ve attained so far. Other TETER staff have more experience than me. I’m always willing to learn new things and to glean their wisdom.
What do you do for fun?
I like attending concerts/musicals/movies, curling up on the couch, reading a good novel, touring model homes on the weekends, and traveling.
What non-profit organization do you support and why?
I support my local church and my home-town church (where I grew up and my father is its pastor). I sponsor a child in Sri Lanka, Imal Kavinda, through Child Fund International. I regularly support the VFW (both grandfathers were in WWII), Easter Seals, March of Dimes (my son has special needs), and donate to the Salvation Army.