Growing Into New Opportunity: Q&A with Electrical Team Lead Sandi Smith

Over the years Gray has continued to grow from the small, regional contractor to a worldwide provider of world-class facilities. This growth has resulted in the expansion of the existing core Gray group as well as the addition of new resources through acquisitions. These companies provide unique skillsets that better position Gray to meet the needs of our customers. But the additions also provide opportunities for growth within these newly added companies. We spoke with Sandi Smith, electrical team lead with Spencer Bristol, a Gray company, about the recent growth, the new opportunities provided, and her favorite part about being in the Gray family.

 

Describe your normal workday–your “day in the life.” 

 

“I spend my days with a healthy mix of meetings, project and team management, and some design.” 

 

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

 

“Gray has a grant program and an associated committee that I was lucky enough to be a part of for several years. The grant recipient during my time on the committee was ‘Save A Warrior’. The different ways that Gray helps both impressed and humbled me.” 

 

What do you enjoy most about your work? 

 

“I enjoy the teamwork aspect of project design and problem solving. I like expending the wealth of resources I have accumulated through my years in the engineering industry. There are so many smart folks I can reach out to at any time who have done it before me or have found a better way.” 

 

Since you started with Spencer Bristol, how has it changed in your opinion? 

 

“Spencer Bristol has changed several times and in a few ways. We have been up and down over the years with the economy as far as personnel count, for obvious reasons. The largest change has come with joining the Gray family. We had been growing prior to joining Gray largely because of the strong relationships developed over many years by the founders, Morley Spencer and Doug Bristol. However, as Morley and Doug drew near to retirement and Gray stepped in, Spencer Bristol has expanded our customer base as well as types of projects, taking on larger manufacturing and industrial work. For me, this means new and exciting design opportunities.” 

 

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

 

“Supportive.” 

 

What does being a part of the Gray family mean to you? 

 

“It means my network is that much bigger! The folks at Gray are friendly, knowledgeable, and available.” 

 

If you would like to learn more about joining the Gray family, please visit gray.com/careers.

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