Kelly has been a part of the AP family in Arizona for over three years now. Kelly first heard of AP as a student at Arizona State University majoring in Construction Management. When looking into the industry, Kelly valued the environment and culture AP embodied and joined as a Project Manager after working for another company. “What originally drew me to AP was the culture. I had come from a well-known company with great opportunity but a sense of belonging was missing for me that AP seemed to possess… AP welcomes employee ideas and empowers us to weigh-in on decisions and provide feedback – not many companies operate this way.”
One of Kelly’s favorites projects was Clubs on Grand. This consisted of gutting a former Chinese restaurant accompanied by sitework and a new building addition. The team was able to establish a close bond and turn over a successful project benefiting the community for years to come. In the next ten years, Kelly hopes to continue to build her project experience, further develop relationships with industry partners and colleagues, and advance in her career while helping others advance in theirs.
Emily started her career at AP as a temp. She enjoyed the company culture, quickly made friends, and decided to stay put. “The culture we have at AP is unlike any other place I’ve worked,” says Emily. “We have strong leadership teams that are personable and approachable. Their belief and trust in me has helped build my confidence throughout the years.”
The caring company culture at AP holds true for Emily. She is a crucial player during AP’s numerous charity events and fundraisers, and she will step in and support anyone if they need help. “One of my favorite projects was Southwest Transplant Alliance, a nonprofit organ procurement organization. Seeing the vital role they play in organ recovery, how they help save lives and turn sadness from one family into hope and life for another is so meaningful.”
Emily is approaching 10 years at AP and her advice for new employees coming in is “do not take yourself too seriously. It is all about relationships on a human level. Don’t let ego get in the way of learning and growing.”
“Josh began his career as an intern for AP on the Stillwater Library project in Stillwater, MN in 2006 and joined AP full time in 2017. AP’s Midwest Operating Group wanted to diversify their market portfolio into healthcare, which peaked Josh’s interest. He spent eight of the first ten years of his career leading healthcare teams on projects of varying sizes, complexity and program spaces (i.e. ED, Radiology, Lab, PT, LDRP, etc.), making him the perfect candidate to oversee AP Midwest’s healthcare operations. “I came from an organization that valued its employees and embraced them as family. AP’s culture was almost identical, however provided additional benefits that were immediately apparent. AP values and invests in both its employees and the communities in which we live and serve; there are not many organizations that possess a culture that builds its people like AP does,” Josh stated.
Josh’s favorite thing about working for AP is mentoring and empowering its younger industry professionals. Josh mentioned, “Our people are our most valuable asset and by providing them a clear and concise path for their career ensures our current and future success in the industry. I love empowering our younger professionals to think outside of the box when faced with challenges and encouraging them to work collaboratively as a team to identify potential solutions.”
Josh also oversees AP Midwest’s Operational Excellence Group which promotes continuous improvement. Since joining the AP team, Josh has worked to implement and establish a lean culture at AP. His previous experience in promoting and utilizing lean philosophies and tools provide the foundation for the Operational Excellence Group. Josh said, “I believe that there is always an opportunity for our teams to perform more effectively and efficiently. This means we need to continuously challenge our assumptions and the traditional approaches that have been established previously, and encourage the constant pursuit of innovation and continuous improvement.”
As General Superintendent, James is responsible for the field activities of the Tactical Solutions Team (TST). He also works closely with the preconstruction team, developing estimates and proposals.
“My favorite part of my job involves the people,” says James. “I love working with our younger team members and helping them develop their careers. I love to problem solve and each project creates a new set of opportunities to come up with solutions.”
AP’s TST has grown significantly over the past few years, tackling many quick-hitting projects that build deep connections with AP’s client base.
“Working with TST has allowed me to tap into my creativity,” says James. “I work with a group of leaders who are not afraid to do things different. This is what has allowed the small projects division to grow and that is what gets me up every day.”
Looking towards the future, James plans to continue his career developing AP’s field teams. His passion project is working with AP’s TED Group (Talent Engagement and Development). The group’s mission is to attract, retain, develop and empower the next generation of industry disrupters. “I love being a part of this over-achieving and hardworking team that sets and accomplishes goals that influence all of AP,” says James.
James considers finding AP one of the best career choices he has ever made. “All the power of a national company wrapped up in a family atmosphere leaves lots of opportunities for professional growth and development.”