Exciting New Possibilities: Q&A with Project Manager Brian Sims
The Gray family continues to grow, with the NexGen Contracting, a Gray Company, achieving major wins and milestones. The NexGen team is made of career, trade-specific professionals and core craftsmen with decades of experience who are dedicated to meeting our customers’ unique needs.
Brian Sims, project manager at NexGen Contracting, is thrilled to be contributing to the overall success of Gray. He told us about his passion for self-perform work, and learning the business aspects of project management.
Describe your normal workday or your “day in the life.”
For my current project, I am on site Tuesday through Thursday, coordinating and communicating with the excellent project management teams at the site. Mondays and Fridays, I am in the office in Anderson, SC, working on schedules and coordinating with our site team—as well as building bids for future project opportunities.
What unique capabilities does NexGen provide, and how do they complement Gray’s overall service offering?
I think our biggest capability is that everyone we have on staff has extensive field experience. I began my career as a mechanical helper in 2001, working during my summer breaks while attending college. After college I returned to construction, working on my tools as a millwright. We complement Gray because we have the knowledge and expertise to self-perform mechanical, pipe, and steel processes.
What do you think sets Gray apart from other service providers in the industry?
It is absolutely the work environment. I’ve worked at places where you are just a number, but here at Gray everyone works together. Gray focuses on training and development for team members and is just a great family atmosphere, filled with amazing people.
What do you enjoy most about your work at Gray?
What I enjoy most is getting the opportunity to be onsite with our site team, involved in the day-to-day hands-on work, as well as the project management business side of the project. I get the best of both worlds being able to self-perform work and project management.
What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever been given?
Treat people the way you want to be treated. Learn how to control your emotions when given positive and negative feedback. Take some time to process it and respond the right way, don’t just react in the moment.
In one word or phrase, how would you describe Gray?
Professionalism and Respect.
If someone was visiting where you live, what would you recommend to them as a must-do activity?
Me being an avid golfer, I would say you have to play some of the local golf courses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast—especially my home course, The Preserve Golf Club, which is the #4 course in the state. Also, you would have to enjoy some of the local seafood restaurants along the Gulf coast.