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A Helping Hand: Q&A with Assistant Project Manager Brooks Robinson

Within this industry, and within the Gray family, there is a wide range of skills and experience. Part of what makes Gray so great is not only that we have such a depth of these within our organization, but we also have team members who are always willing to lend a helping hand to newer people in the family. We got a chance to talk with Assistant Project Manger Brooks Robinson from our South Atlantic Office about his experience at Gray and how he is growing, thanks to some help from others.


Can you tell us what your normal workday or “day in the life” is like?


My “day in the life” will vary depending on what stage of the project our team is working through. This is one of my favorite parts about working within this industry, as everyday seems to present new tasks and challenges.


As the project kicks off, I remain heavily involved in design development and subcontractor selection through the buyout process. Strategic subcontractor selection is critical because it provides the project the best opportunity to be executed safely, kept under budget, and delivered ahead of schedule with high-quality results. After ensuring that all scope is captured and agreements are in place, it’s important to confirm materials remain in compliance with our design and specifications through Gray’s Submittal Review Process.


While the project progresses, I remain in close contact with our customers assuring that we continue to meet and exceed their expectations. Project cost and change order management always remain vital throughout the project’s entirety and play a consistent role in my workday as well.


What do you enjoy most about your work?


The opportunity to learn about and design around the complexities of the various industrial processes that are unique to each customer we partner with is what I enjoy most about my work. Manufacturing is an essential part of our economy and country, and knowing that I play role in the growth of this industry keeps me motivated on a daily basis.


What do you like most about the South Atlantic Office and Charlotte?


The South Atlantic Office is a tight-knit group of team members. There is a family feel to working with such a cohesive team. I feel comfortable reaching out for advice and support whenever it’s needed. The South Atlantic Office culture is very competitive, driven, and motivated to achieve success all while building strong external and internal relationships. With such a multifaceted and collaborative group, we find that success is easily attainable no matter task or challenge ahead.


What has been the most memorable experience with Gray since you started?


My most memorable experiences within the past two years all derived from the Gray project teams that I’ve gotten the chance to be a part of. It’s a rewarding experience to work with such knowledgeable and fun teams. They all serve as some of my biggest mentors within the company.


If someone was visiting the Charlotte area, what would you recommend to them as a “must-do?”


If you enjoy outdoor recreation, a trip to the U.S. White Water Center is a must!


In one word or phrase, how would you describe Gray?


Family and grit.



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