Veteran Spotlight: Ben at Applied Roofing Solutions
In honor of Veteran's Day this week, we are spotlighting some of our current associates who have served our country. It is a privilege to be able to work alongside these folks each day.
Today's spotlight is Ben at Applied Roofing Solutions, based in Reidsville, NC. We asked Ben to answer a few questions about his service and how it has played a role in his current position.
Q: What branch did you serve in and what did you do?
A: I served in the US Army as an infantryman. I was in a light infantry company, while overseas I acted both as a .240 machine gunner and as a team leader and rifleman when needed.
Q: What was the most challenging part for you of transitioning back to civilian life?
A: The hardest part about transitioning back to normal life was the absence of camaraderie and my best friends. Whenever I needed anything or whenever they needed me for anything, we were just a few steps away. Now majority of them are down in Georgia so it was a lonely few months when we first got back. But time has passed and now they are just a quick phone call away.
Q: How has your military background helped you in your current role?
A: The military places a large emphasis on the importance of being on time, at the right place, and with the necessary equipment. In my current role, this helps me look ahead and see what challenges we could be facing in the future on job sites and try to mitigate them as much as possible. Time is money. The leadership experience I had while in the military has shown me the right way to lead. Being a leader is more than just telling people what to do. The Army has shown me that you need to give them the training and tools necessary to accomplish their task, and it has proven to me that their failures aren’t on them as much as they fall on their leader. Most importantly, being in the military has shown me how vital it is to keep learning and to stay humble. We have some of the best guys in this industry working with us here at Applied Roofing Solutions. The amount that can be learned from them is unfathomable and their experience is necessary for both my success as a young project manager and the success of our company. I will always keep learning from them and be sure to have their best interest and the best interest of both Applied Roofing Solutions and the Bulldog Group a priority.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you in your position?
A: Nowadays I do not have to worry about putting heavy body armor on and checking my ammo and weapon systems. My day now is an early ride to work where I help the Applied Roofing Solutions associates get ready for the workday. I answer to the needs of our customers whether they are having roof leaks or are interested in reroofing their building. I place bids on projects and make sure that our associates have everything they need to stay productive, safe, and happy throughout the work week. I help manage projects and keep the wheels moving, whether that is going out on a job to help or keeping the dumpsters empty on job sites. I make a goal to be there for our crews and get them whatever they may need to stay productive, but most importantly to stay safe.
Q: What kinds of things do you like to do outside of work?
A: When I am not at work, I enjoy building everything from outside furniture to decks. I like working with my hands and staying busy. I enjoy going out to the lake with friends, and dirt biking up in the mountains of North Carolina. But above all I enjoy working out, I have been working out with the same group of guys since before I deployed. Working out is a form of relieving stress for me and helps me keep my sanity about me, without this group of guys I do not know where I would be today!
Thank you Ben for the sacrifices you have made for our country and freedom.