MWH Takes Part in Panel at AGC Luncheon
Matthew Allen, a Senior Project Manager at MWH, recently participated on a panel for the Washington Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter with four local Spokane construction business owners to discuss what has allowed them to be successful in the industry.
The panel answered questions in front of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which is a group of young professionals within the industry. The CLC came up with a series of questions to ask the panel, seeking advice as they prepare for their roles as the leaders of tomorrow. This provided the group of future leaders an opportunity to hear from some of the most experienced general contractors in the industry.
When asked what essential skills a leader must have in the construction industry, Matt answered “The ability to influence, relate, think strategically and know your audience and how to adapt.” He made sure to point out that more than anything it is important to listen, which is a skill that seems to be overlooked.
The importance of participating in the local community was a topic Matt liked to include in most of his answers. “We did community outreach to gauge the local subcontracting community and then structured many of the bid packages around them.” This and local hiring contributes to the community. He pointed out on all projects they do a community event, for example, recently sponsoring a water-aid station at Spokane’s Bloomsday Run 2017.
Thank you Matt for sharing your knowledge and representing MWH!