have one son, Matthew, who’s studying civil engineering at
university and another son, Reed, who’s about to start engineering
studies, and Terry believes they’d make a great team
if they eventually decided to join the family business.
Terry, who’s 49, says he considered becoming an engineer
or a pilot before opting to follow in his parents’ footsteps.
“This business is a lot of fun, in the sense of we’ve got the
coolest toys in the biggest sandbox to play in,” said Terry, adding
that he also values the strong connections his family has
forged within the construction industry.
“I grew up seeing the building of relationships, whether it
was with employees or our customers or subcontractors that
we hired, and the satisfaction and the joy that comes with
all that,” he said. “It was just a very natural thing for me to
Terry notes there were a couple of key things he learned
from his mom and dad that have helped him succeed in the
aggregate business, including the importance of not be afraid
of trying something new.
“You can’t always stick to what you know,” he said.
“You’ve got to put it out there and take a risk. Sometimes it
works and sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it just means
you need to rejig it a couple of times before you’re successful.”
Terry says another important lesson was to always be
ready to listen to people, regardless of whether they’re a client,
an employee, or a competitor.
“For me, it’s always about having your ears and eyes
open,” he said. “You never know where that next great idea
or solution is going to come from.” n
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