Growing with Gray: Q&A with VDC Data Technician Clayton Collins

At Gray, continuous professional development and training are significant expectations within our culture. Whether a recent graduate or industry veteran, you’re expected to own every challenge, embrace learning, master your craft, and uphold the highest standards. Through it all, you will always be supported by an incredible team and family. We grow together. Clayton Collins, a VDC Data Technician II in our Lexington Headquarters, understands this well. We spoke with him about his time at Gray, why he believes in our future, and much more.

How long have you been with Gray?

 

“One year and two months.”

 

Since you started with the company, how has it changed in your opinion?

 

“We have been hiring a lot of young talent. I think Gray is unique in its ability to cultivate and retain talented individuals, and this provides an exceedingly positive long-term outlook for the Gray businesses.”

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

 

“Managing construction data can seem overwhelming at times, since there is so much information, but I appreciate how it challenges me to develop creative solutions to difficult problems. I also really enjoy collaborating with people in my department and on project teams.”

 

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

 

“Family.”

 

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

 

“Building relationships is a pillar of Gray, and the deep bonds that we form are fundamental to our success because they make us willing to go above and beyond for one another.”

 

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

 

“My most memorable experience has been completing some scripting projects to automate portions of our workflow. In this project, there were a lot of challenges along the way. But, this automation gives us the capacity to handle more work and spend more time collaborating with our teams.”

 

What’s your life motto?

 

“Be the person that your dog thinks you are.”

 

What are your hobbies or special interests?

 

“A few of my hobbies are working out, playing basketball, bass fishing, skiing, and cooking.”

 

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

 

“You can usually find me meeting with project or site teams, managing and processing 3D models, and collecting metadata and leveraging it to create insightful data visualizations.”

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