Employee Spotlights

Christina Paraliticci

Christina first heard of AP during a job fair at Texas Tech University while she was an undergrad. She joined AP as a Project Engineer in 2015 and has since worked her way up to Assistant Project Manager. What Christina likes most about AP is the team culture. “We all contribute to the outcome of each project. We are called to be leaders no matter our title,” she says, “and our success comes from the work of the whole team, not just one person. You can find help, support, and advice from anyone regardless of their department, title, or project affiliation.”

A favorite project of Christina’s has been the new headquarters for Southwest Transplant Alliance. This project was filled with new experiences, challenges, and unique scopes that she hadn’t been exposed to on previous projects such as soil nail walls, a CT room (lead-lined walls) and kidney pump rooms (clean air system). The project was also constructed on a very tight site with sub-grade work for the basement of the building and tree preservation in the middle of the site for the duration of the project. “AP has allowed me to experience projects of all types,” Christina explains, “rec centers, office spaces, assisted living, schools, and organ recovery.” Apart from knowledge and experience, Christina has gained a professional voice while working for AP and has become a more effective leader. Her ideas and opinions have value because they come from experience and discipline.

Christina has some pretty exciting goals for her future with AP. “I would like to work in preconstruction; be on a project involving a Dallas sports entity, this could be a practice facility, training facility, new stadium, or arena; work on a project that involves building a bridge so that I can be part of history and be on an all-female project team.”

Advice Christina has for incoming AP team members, “Commit to knowing your project better than anyone else. Speak up when you have questions or if you think something is wrong. Document everything. And don’t let fear of making a mistake stop you from trying. Mistakes are a part of learning. The earlier you make them the more time you have to correct them.”

Blake Invie

Blake Invie

Blake Invie has been with AP for three years. Blake began his career as an intern while attending the University of Minnesota where he studied Architecture. After his internship, Blake was offered a full-time position as a Field Engineer and quickly progressed into a Project Management role.

When asked what made him stay at AP after his internship, he emphasized the people and culture of the company, “I felt like I was home.” The bonds and relationships Blake has created with his teams are his favorite part about working at AP. He said, “talking with friends and others in the industry I realized that the conversations and relationships I have with the people I work with are not typical, and not everyone has the same strong relationships and friendships that we have here at AP.”

His advice to new or young team members would be to never be afraid to ask for help. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, I remember sitting in a meeting with people who I thought were a lot smarter than me and I didn’t want to ask, but by asking questions I learned a lot.” Blake says part of what makes him successful at his job is working with a team of people that vary in tenure, skill level and never hesitating to learn from them.

James Gable

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.”

Mehul Mistry

Mehul Mistry

Mehul Mistry has been with AP for a year as our Special Project Division Manager overseeing projects with a value of less than $5 million. With 11 years of professional experience, he was drawn to AP because of the opportunity to start the new division – running a new business within a business.

“I liked the sound of the challenge of doing something I have done before but in a much larger setting in a different industry.”

Over the past year, Mehul has learned the estimating side of construction and how it’s done as well as how to run projects and manage budgets. “I love that anyone and everyone is willing to help you learn and grow for the betterment of the region and company. It’s truly an all-around collaboration among us.”

One of the key projects he’s worked on is Acadia Healthcare Sierra Tucson because of the complexity of putting it all together and seeing it run successfully with a great project team and satisfied ownership group. Moving forward, Mehul envisions the special project team doing about $30-40 million per year “with a good group of team members with a well-rounded knowledge of different types of construction work.”