I have always loved working with my hands. Growing up in a little Ukrainian village, I was always able to build something at home with scrap materials that were laying around without any use. Even now when I look at any waste material I ask myself what I can create with it. This led me to a career in construction. When I came over to the US back in 2009 I immediately noticed how fast construction is going here and how much waste it generates. The speed and constructibility approach impressed me, but the waste disappointed me. I was asking how come the industry easily throws away good materials, the answer was always that it’s cheaper to buy a new one than messing with the wrong size. After 4 years in a GC I got an opportunity through my friend to join VEC in the early days without knowing BIM and electrical. I quickly understood I can provide value here and how to efficiently utilize BIM to cut the waste down.
My proudest moment was at the end of our early mega projects that I was leading. This was my first project at VEC which I started as a BIM Specialist without knowing much about BIM and electrical. I worked so hard that for me 12-13 working hours a day became a normal working day. Shane (our CEO) came back from the meeting with my client and said that he received feedback from the client and it was the most rewarding feedback he ever received. The feedback from the client was “I probably shouldn't tell you this, but it shouldn't be this easy.
It’s very hard to say which one was the most memorable. Each of our events and gatherings comes with such great joy and a new great experience that I wouldn’t have ever got without the VEC team. I love them all, trips to Tahoe, Las Vegas, Nashville, golfing after work and just grabbing lunch with team mates is the best time.