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HGC Welcomes Craig Kertesz to the Columbus Team!

Craig Kertesz, Sr. Project Manager, joined the HGC Construction family in February of 2017. Craig is charged with leading our team in the Columbus market. Previous to joining HGC, Craig worked for Ruscilli Construction, a Columbus-based General Contractor. With 26 years of experience in the construction business, we are excited to welcome Craig to our Columbus team!

 

Craig Kertesz, LEED AP, PMI-SP, CMAA

Sr. Project Manager | Market Leader, Columbus

 

What is your personal philosophy?
Depends on the subject but as a whole, be kind to others and make an effort to help where you can.  Try walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

What do you love about Columbus?
The city is ever changing and moving with the times.  Opportunities abound here.

What did you do before coming to HGC? 
I have been in the business for the past 26 years starting as a field engineer to my current position as Sr. Project manager.  My experience has been in public works, industrial, correctional and school projects.

What is your favorite aspect (so far) of working at HGC?
The relaxed collaborative attitude and the consistent message from all staff about our unique culture.  Very cool!

Across your career, what has changed the most in the industry or how you operate?
It seems some in our industry are losing the ability to stand behind their word or to take another person’s word.  Everything needs to be in writing or it is like it never happened.  I listen to my father who started contracting in 1963 sharing stories about working day to day and/or deals made with handshakes not e-mails and letters to cya.

Any funny memory you’d like to share?
A few years ago, I was in my office trailer with two PE’s.  I was joking around and they were very busy and focused (no surprise there).  So I thought I would startle them as a joke to break their very serious meeting.  I thought I would leap into their office and startle them.  So I took a few quick steps, leaped in the air to surprise them.  The resulting events were unfortunate.  The point where I chose to leap put me in a trajectory where I then struck the top of my head on the door frame.  After striking said door frame, it resulted in rendering me unconscious on the floor for a short period.  It did break the concentration of the two individuals however in retrospect, probably not a good idea.  Lesson learned, watch out for door frames!

What do you like to do on your days off?
First is spend time with my boys.  After that, weight lifting and riding my Harleys

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Beach bum…Seriously.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
My step grandfather grew up in Brooklyn in the 30’s and 40’s.  He had several ties to the mob and moved to Vegas in the 70’s.  Visiting him often as a kid, I remember meeting a number of his associates and one in particular named Sam Rothstein.  Ever see the movie Casino?

What are you most proud of?
My children.

What advice would you give to a new hire?
Go with what makes sense.  You need to be a self-starter.  No micro-managers here.

Tell us a little bit about your family.
Really no family to speak of.  No living aunts, uncles, grandparents.  Just my parents, one brother one nephew and my children.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Live life to the fullest.  Tomorrow is not a guarantee.