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Business Observer Friday, Jun. 14, 2019 1 week ago

Suffolk helping veterans be all they can be

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With construction supervisory and trade positions among the hottest job markets for veterans, national contractor is actively recruiting workers who know how to take the hill ... and build something on it.

The role of first-line supervisor for construction and trade workers is No. 19 on gijobs.com's 2019 “Top 25 Hot Jobs” list for veterans. And national construction giant Suffolk, with its Southwest Florida operations based in Estero, is playing a supporting role in that surge. 

With titles ranging from project engineer to senior superintendent, some of the newer ones were recruited by fellow former military Suffolk already employed. “Suffolk has always hired the best and the brightest and we’ve found that our company culture is a great fit for those professionals transitioning from a military background,” says Suffolk’s Florida Gulf Coast Region COO Josh Christensen. “Their work ethic and professionalism works well within our environment.” 

Veterans hired by Suffolk say the company’s organizational structure dovetails nicely with their military experience. Harold Pick, who served in the U.S. Army and completed his military career as Acting Battalion Operations officer performing construction projects at the largest NATO training area in Europe, joined Suffolk’s Southwest Florida team as a senior scheduler after working in construction in South America. 

“I have always felt that, like the military, successful construction companies like Suffolk are organized with a definite hierarchy and clear lines of authority and responsibility that are not always present in other endeavors,” says Pick in a statement. “Those of us who have been in the military generally have acquired a desire to accomplish a mission, achieving a definite objective. In the case of a construction company, that mission is to complete our projects on time, within budget and with the specified quality.”

In addition to Estero, Suffolk, with $3 billion in annual revenue, has offices in Boston, New York City, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

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