Plateau People – Zach Hughey, Project Manager
With a strong foundation built on people, quality craftsmanship, and innovation, Plateau Excavation has become a leader in tackling advanced, large-scale and complex site development projects, but it is our people that truly make the difference and have moved the company forward.
- How many years have you been at Plateau Excavation? 3.5 years. I started in February of 2020.
- What’s your job title? Project Manager.
- What exactly do you do at our company I am the point of contact for our clients. I also act as the office support for our Superintendents and Foremen, ordering materials, coordinating with subcontractors, and making sure the current plan sets and files are distributed to our team. My goal is to be able to help our field team get over any hurdle in their way, so they can keep moving forward.
- So far, what has been your favorite project? All of the projects I have been a part of have had unique challenges and interesting people on them, which keeps things exciting. I do enjoy projects that are easily identifiable from an airplane. I think that it is so cool to be able to be involved with projects that you can see from 30,000 feet up, and miles away. A standout project for me is Project Pine, an Amazon Distribution Center we worked on in Mississippi. The team involved, the amount of work put in place, and the speed at which it all happened was amazing.
- How would you describe your team or the people you work with? They’re the best. Great mentors. I started as an Assistant Project Manager. Coming from outside the construction industry, all of my experience thus far has been one of learning. Everyone has been quick to share lessons they’ve learned. I have been set up for success by the Plateau Team. The Leadership in the office and the field have all made me feel like I can get an assist from them with any problem that comes up.
- What advice would you provide to someone interested in getting into this industry? This is a great place for people who love to problem solve. Learning to communicate with all types of personalities will be a huge asset. This isn’t a typical 9-5 job, you need to be ready to take that early call or work the late evening to help a project to the finish line. The reward of seeing a site go from an empty space to a completed business where 100s of people work is worth those extra hours.
- What is your favorite aspect about your job, Plateau, or the industry? The varied roles I am able to fill from day to day keep me engaged. Plateau has given me the opportunity to develop my own style of Project Management while providing the framework and leadership for me to be successful.
- What drew you to Plateau originally? I was living outside the country before I started with Plateau. The opportunity to put down roots back home in the US and be employed by a company with a history of success like Plateau was very attractive.
- What is something unique about you (a fun fact) that few people are aware of? I spent 5 years working on various military bases in Afghanistan as a civilian before starting at Plateau. I worked in Logistics, ordering, warehousing, and transporting food and water around for the US Military and Coalition Forces. Working on the other side of the world allowed me to travel to places and experience things that I would have not been able to otherwise.
- Anything else to share? Moving to a new city for work was made easy by the friends I have made here at Plateau. I am very thankful for the Plateau Family.
This is a great place for people who love to problem solve. Learning to communicate with all types of personalities will be a huge asset. This isn’t a typical 9-5 job, you need to be ready to take that early call or work the late evening to help a project to the finish line. The reward of seeing a site go from an empty space to a completed business where 100s of people work is worth those extra hours.