Employee Spotlights

Kelly Salvione

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.

Brian Hale

Brian Hale, or “B-Hale!”, as he is referred to around the office, was originally drawn to AP nearly 10 years ago when he noticed AP signage posted along the highway when HCA Medical Center in Dallas was under construction. Since joining the team, Brian has consistently felt empowered which has significantly boosted his professional development skills through contributions to first class construction projects. He is surrounding himself with extremely competent team members, who are also leaders in the construction industry.

Brian’s favorite part about working for AP is watching clients open a building for the first time, knowing they will enjoy their environment for years to come in the communities they love. “I am working in my old hometown of Richardson, Texas for a great company. It is truly a blessing. AP just keeps getting better every year while maintaining their core values at the same time,” says Brian.

A key AP project for Brian is Apache Regional Office and Amenity Building in Midland, Texas. Brian states, “it was a very successful project that I was able to take away many lessons learned and valuable experiences.”

One of Brian’s proudest moments since coming on board six years ago has been his promotion to preconstruction manager. His advice to future AP employees, “the people and leaders in our company are all outstanding to work with,” he says. “Feel very blessed that you have landed here and take advantage of all of the opportunities they have for you.”

Barry LaFreniere

Since 2000, Barry has held multiple positions at AP. He began as a Brick Tender, then a Foreman, Safety Coordinator, and is currently a Superintendent. Over the past 20 years, he has been a trainer and mentor for numerous AP programs and has represented AP Midwest at events across the country.

In his tenure, Barry has appreciated many things about AP, mainly the culture. He has high regards for the family first philosophy that AP embodies. As he has watched the company grow, culture is one thing that has remained consistent. The willingness of others to offer help and the ability to lean on one another when needed makes him proud to be a part of the AP family.

His philosophy on any job is “never forget where you came from.” For Barry this means jumping in to help when needed, but also remembering what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes. This is one reason that he is a firm believer in mentoring those who would like to grow and further their careers. “If we are not willing to elevate each other, we will all falter and fail,” said Barry. Barry’s mentoring does not stop when he leaves work, one of his favorite things to do is spend time with his two children; his goal is to teach them to respectful and responsible citizens.

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.”