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Connections made out in the field can help build career

Who: Bill Ellis, of Pembroke Pines, recently joined D. Stephenson Construction as vice president, in Fort Lauderdale, from Pirtle Construction, in Davie, where he worked for 20 years, most recently as vice president.

My role is important because: I lead the construction team and oversee such areas as pre-construction, scheduling, quality control and construction. I'm also the corporate safety director.

Why the career move:   I've known the company owner, Dwight Stephenson, for more than 15 years and have always had a tremendous amount of respect for what he has been able to accomplish.  It was apparent to me that this is a company poised to do great things and I felt that I could contribute something to the team.

Resume

Education: Studied business administration at Florida State University; LEED Accredited Professional.

Community engagement: Broward Education Foundation board of directors, McFatter Technical School scholarship committee, American Cancer Society volunteer.

On the job

Top goal:  My goal is the company's goal, which is smart, profitable growth and to accomplish that by leveraging the firm's reputation, plus all of our personal relationships, to grow into a major player in the Florida construction market.  I can add to that already strong foundation with my experience, and believe the sky is the limit.

Professional challenge: To maximize the unique strengths of each of my team members.

Professional satisfaction: Being part of creating a project from the ground up, especially when I had the opportunity to be part of landing the contract.

Advice to young professionals: Be prepared to understand what actually happens on the construction site, as compared to the classroom. Learn what you truly enjoy by spending time at an actual job, get an internship or talk to others in the business.

 Ckent@tribune.com or 954-356-4662, Google+ and Twitter @mindingyourbiz

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