In our second installment of the HGC Teammate Spotlight, we sat down with our Concrete Operations Manager, Adam Maizonet, to learn more about technology advancement in the concrete industry, what it takes to balance a demanding schedule and World of Concrete 2021.
AM: When I was in high school, I was passionate about sports, but always loved constructing things on the side. From figuring out the perfect formula to build something strong and sturdy to working with my hands, my passion for the industry grew. After high school, I continued my education with a focus in Psychology. While it’s not directly related to construction, I think the skills and ideas I learned at school help me be a better leader. I am able to think outside the box and consider different perspectives to certain situations. I have been in this industry for 26 years and I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon.
AM: I like to get my day started pretty early. I adjust any sculpt schedules and review plans for current and upcoming projects. I address the high priority projects that I have outlined for that day and order any materials needed. After that, I check behind our sub-contractors, help with scheduling our teammates for field work, interact with clients, vendors and city officials and eat lunch somewhere in between. My main responsibility is overseeing the day-to-day operations of our field team and making sure they’re on track for all of our projects, but each day is different, and you never know what will pop up.
AM: World of Concrete (WoC) is always a great experience. It showcases up-and-coming technology, highlights new materials and lets you demo the latest software and machinery for the industry. It’s not just about concrete – we also learn more regarding different types of equipment and machinery and gain insight into how the construction trade as a whole is evolving.
Construction technology is constantly evolving and the exhibits and seminars we attend help us stay up to par. WoC allows a variety of industry leaders to give us their unique perspectives and discuss different scenarios within the industry to help progress and solve situations. We are able to bring back those ideas and utilize them here at HGC.
AM: The advantage of being affiliated with these organizations is it allows us to stay informed on continuing changes and modifications to the concrete industry. We are able to network with the best partners in the industry and leverage their knowledge to help improve our company. This connection allows us to provide alternative solutions and custom-designed plans to our clients to meet the needs of their budgets and scope of work.
Note: HGC is involved with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and American Concrete Institute (ACI).
AM: The biggest change continues to revolve around technology. When I started 26 years ago, everything was very labor-intensive. We didn’t have the technology to help expedite the construction process like we do today. With the advancement of technology-integrated equipment, revolutionary GPS technology and new digital tools and programs, the labor itself has reduced 20-30%.We can be more efficient on the job and provide more precise data to our clients before, during and after a project.
AM: One of the first things I learned was the hours can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis. While some days are longer than others, you can easily take advantage of your personal time if you prioritize and plan accordingly. The importance of a healthy life away from work is a priority for everyone on the team. We look out for one another as if they were family. By having that time away from work, we are able to come back with a clear mind and are able to be more present and focused.
AM: I worked on the biggest job of my career before I started at HGC. I spent over three and a half years in Louisville, Kentucky working on the Ohio River Bridge project. We built 26 bridges, 9 miles of roadway and moved roughly 2.5 million cubic yards of dirt. Our hours ranged from 9 to 16 hours a day, but with proper planning and rotational shifts, we avoided burnout. I spent a lot of time on this project and when it was done, I realized I needed to re-balance my time and focus to things outside of work. This project helped me become a better teammate at HGC because I’m able to help my fellow teammates understand that it is ok to take time to focus on your family and your personal life.
AM: I would say don’t hesitate. There is a stigma around the construction industry, that it is a dirty job or the people in the industry aren’t skilled enough to do something else. This could not be more wrong. With the constant evolution of technology, the industry continues to become more and more sophisticated. We have some of the brightest individuals in the industry at HGC. If you can get past the misconceptions of the business and find a position that maximizes your strengths and interests, you will love the choice you have made.
AM: Dependable. When other people look at you as a dependable person, they view you as someone who doesn’t just seek solutions but helps you solve problems on a business and professional level. Dependability is something that is rare nowadays, which is why I try to be there for anyone who might need a hand or help working through a problem. I want them to be able to count on me no matter what.
AM: I love the term "innovator" – someone who introduces new ideas and solutions – so I hope to still be considered one by that point in my career. I am constantly challenging myself during downtime to learn more and expand my skills by listening to seminars and watching videos that relate to the work we do. The construction industry is guaranteed to evolve as well, so I want to make sure I am helping HGC lead the way with our technology and processes to continue to be the best.
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