Before joining East & Westbrook in August, 2015, Michigan native Ben Warner had little experience in the construction industry, and zero experience in commercial concrete. But what the the 27 year-old did have; however, was all the intangibles that can lead to a lifelong and successful career in just about any industry.
A hard worker by nature, Ben is willing to learn and do just about anything to help on job sites, an attitude that goes a long way in showing his fellow coworkers that he is a valuable asset to the growing team at East & Westbrook.
We had a chance to sit down with Ben to learn more about his background, and why East & Westbrook has been such a good fit for him and his family.
What led you into the construction industry?
I like to work with my hands. It sounds odd but I like hard work. I grew up on a farm working, so it comes natural to me. Farming, there is never a shortage of things to do. But, I didn’t really have formal training or experience. I have never worked for a concrete company before so I have learned a ton of new things. I actually grew up training show horses. My entire family does it and I sort of broke tradition by switching career paths.
How did you land at East & Westbrook Construction?
I had a family friend refer me to apply at E&W. From there, I just kept working hard and was willing to learn anything and everything I could.
What do you like most about your job?
I really like the company so far. E&W is a company that cares about its employees. It has a family type of feel to it. Everybody works hard and we all look out for each other.
What do you like about your duties and job responsibilities?
That’s the best part! Day to day things change. One day I could be building forms, and the next day digging footers by hand. All of the projects are interesting to me. Seeing a building go from nothing but dirt to a the finished product is amazing and it makes me want to learn more about everything that goes into it. The longer I am here the more opportunities I have to do more things.
What do you do outside of work?
I run/coach the Oldham county youth wrestling program. So, my weekends are usually spent in a gym at a wrestling tournament. My wife, Ryan, coaches volleyball and we have 3 kids (ages 7, 4 and 1). We definitely stay busy as a family. But I also like to go camping in the summertime.
A Growing Team
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