Chandler got his start with Southern Site in March 2017. Before he joined our team, he owned a landscaping company for three years, and he also went to lineman school. He says that when he comes into work at Southern Site, he doesn’t even feel like he’s going to work, because he enjoys the atmosphere so much.
He thinks Southern Site has several advantages over most competitors in this industry, especially the fact that we offer “a bonus structure that is unheard of in the construction industry.” He also appreciates the “small-company feel” that persists even though the company is growing rapidly. “We have fun, while also meeting our goals,” he says.
On the weekends, Chandler enjoys working at his small side company. In the winter, he likes to go hunting, and in the summer, he loves to relax at the lake.
Q: When did you start at Southern Site Contractors, and how do you like your job?
A: I started here in March 2017, so I’ve been here since we started. I love how family-oriented it is. Ryan is really fun to work for. He’s a good boss. He’s laid-back, and he’s not a micromanager, which is really nice. The people we have working with us are all good guys. I feel like we would do anything for each other.
Q: How have you progressed through the company?
A: I basically oversee all the erosion control, including the day-to-day stuff and all the crews. When I started here, I was an operator. Then, I went into running my own crew with one other guy. After that, I moved up to being a grading and utility foreman, running a crew of about 15 guys. Now, I’m the erosion manager. I’ve been fortunate to have that progress, because I feel like at my age — 23 years old — that wouldn’t happen anywhere else.
Q: Why do you work in this industry, as opposed to working behind a desk?
A: I feel like I was born and bred in this industry. My stepdad owned a small excavating company when I was growing up, and I was always around equipment. After I graduated from high school, I went to lineman school. I thought I wanted to climb power poles for a living. Then, this job opportunity came about. I got a phone call, and they said they needed people who could run equipment. I figured I’d come see what it’s about, and I’m still here today.