Adapting and Overcoming: Q&A with Assistant Project Manager Matt Youngblood
It has been said that the true mark of success is not how you carry yourself when everything is going smoothly, but rather how you react when you are presented with a challenge. At Gray, we pride ourselves on being a family that adapts to the obstacles along the way, not just to survive, but to thrive amid challenges. We spoke with Matt Youngblood, assistant project manager in Gray’s Southeast Office, about his time with the company, what he enjoys most, and his experience with Gray’s adaptability.
Can you tell us what your normal workday or “day in the life” is like?
With the current stage of my project, most of my day involves meetings, conference calls, emails, and more emails. I also try and visit the jobsite as much as possible so I can help the site team where needed.
What has been the most memorable experience with Gray since you started?
It would have to be the project that I’m currently on. To be involved with this process from the start, and to see how quick the project comes together, it really is something special.
Since you started with the company, how has it changed in your opinion?
I have not been with Gray long enough to notice what I would call drastic changes, but in the short time that I have been here I have noticed how adaptive to change we are. From adding an additional safety focus, to growing into markets that show tremendous potential, to adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, Gray is prepared to meet whatever challenges and obstacles come our way.
What does being a part of the Gray family mean to you?
Support. It means that when you have a curveball on a project or in life thrown at you, you have a group of people there to support you where needed.
Last year you were selected as the winner of the Achievement in an Internal Supporting Role Award at Gray’s Annual Meeting. What did winning that award mean to you?
To win that award was an honor. There are so many people at Gray that go above and beyond to support their projects in so many ways. It was great to be recognized individually, but I think it also speaks volumes to the entire project team.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the family feel that we have as a company and the difficulty of the project that I’m working on.
In one word or phrase, how would you describe Gray?
Driven and family.
If you would like to learn more about joining the Gray family, please visit gray.com/careers.