At Raymond we have some outstanding employees so we decided to feature them here on our blog. Our next employee spotlight features Noe Ambriz. Noe is a Project Superintendent out of our Southern California region and has worked for Raymond for 25 years! We sat down and asked him some questions. Here is what he had to say:
What has been your favorite project with Raymond and why? Blair Magnet Middle School in Pasadena. I was given the responsibility to layout all of the different shape and radius Swiss Pearl panels on the project. The challenge was real, but hard work and a meticulous layout led to the reveal of a major steel bust that had the potential to cause delays and cost thousands of dollars. I had the privilege of making my own Swiss Pearl panel shapes to accommodate some discrepancies with architectural drawings. It was the first time Swiss Pearl was ever installed on Radius walls. This project turned out a success and I am proud to have been a part of it.
What have been the most significant changes that you’ve seen over your 25 years in the industry? At Raymond I’ve seen the continuity and importance of keeping up with industry changes and being a leader in both safety and quality. I see the continuity of improving tools and equipment to be as productive in the field as possible. One thing that stands out the most to me is the costumer care that Raymond provides to help general contractors and clients when they are in a bind. I admire that from Raymond.
Three words to describe Raymond: Safe, Caring, Quality
What do you like most about your job and working in construction? Waking up every morning to help solve discrepancies between project drawings and actual site conditions. It’s a challenge but very rewarding when you are able to make the architect and owner’s design intent a reality. My goal on every project is to assist with my knowledge of construction and teach new foremen how to address issues and ultimately get the best result at the end of the project. I love teaching!
What do you like doing when you’re not at work? I enjoy playing volleyball, salsa dancing, taking fitness classes, and most importantly, spending quality time with wife and kids.
Before working at Raymond, did you have any other interesting jobs? Before Raymond, I was working with Metcalf Lathing Company. After one year, they recommended me to Raymond (this was 1994) and I soon started my first project at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Before Metcalf Co. I use to work in the track industry hanging drywall. That’s where I picked up the quality drywall installation techniques that brought me to the Beverly Hills project. I remember other employees telling me I was working too fast, but soon the foreman realized that it was possible to be more productive with a higher quality of work. I met a lot of great people on my first project and it’s kept me with Raymond to date!