“It’s been an amazing ride.” That’s
how Stephen Davis describes life since the moment he signed up to take the
newly offered construction management program at San
Diego State University.
A superintendent at PCL, Stephen attributes a big part of the
journey to the people who have helped him out along the way.
“The people stand out at PCL,” says Stephen. “My
team is invested in me and genuinely cares about my success both in my work and
in my personal life. And despite how big the company is, it still has that
small company feel because you build real relationships here.”
He started at PCL while he was in university, but no
one ever called him an intern. His first title was field engineer and PCL
immediately gave him responsibilities and held him accountable for his work. He
liked that because it gave him a sense of ownership.
Stephen grew up playing football and got his first taste of
construction when one of his coaches set him up with a seasonal job remodeling
commercial retail stores across California. Stephen saw that, like football,
construction required a team mentality to be successful. He was immediately
drawn to the sense of accomplishment he got from working as a team, seeing the
finished products, and being able to say, “We built that.”
Stephen is a people person, and he realized early on that a positive
attitude and encouragement can go a long way on the field and on the
construction site. He embraces the fact that leadership comes with a lot of
responsibility and that you need to set an example for others.
to see younger employees learning from people who’ve been in the construction
business a lot longer,” says Stephen. “The most rewarding part of my job is helping
people grow and develop and then watching them get the job done.”