Ryan started working for RAWSO as a laborer in May 2019. He drove a haul truck, handled a shovel, and took care of various miscellaneous tasks. Ryan stayed with us as an intern while finishing his degree in commercial construction management at Middle Tennessee State University, gaining experience both in the office and the field. Upon graduation, he moved into an estimator role.
He says that he loves working here because RAWSO maintains a personal touch where you don’t just feel like a number. “The guys I work with sometimes complain about big contractors they’ve worked for, and how their opinions were not valued,” he says. “Here, constructive criticism is always encouraged. If you have an idea, they want to hear it.”
Ryan thinks his combination of field, office, and classroom experience gives him an advantage in our industry. He says his favorite aspect of working in the field was “getting to know all the guys — they made me feel like I was part of the team.” As for working in the office, “things move more at your own pace,” he says. “I enjoy how everyone coaches me up and gives me a sense of how things really work on this side of the industry.”
In his free time, Ryan likes spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the river, or watching and playing sports. He also likes to play videogames.