Joe Wright 2017-08-30 01:24:22
North Carolina State University Ag and Environmental Technology/Ag Business Management, B.S., 2008 Hometown: Casar, North Carolina Enjoys: The outdoors, boating, fishing, big equipment, volunteer firefighting, piloting small planes; centered on faith, family, church ... and GO PACK! Iam the founder and owner of Wright Contracting, LLC. I started the company in 2008, and we currently have two divisions: Environmental Restoration and Heavy Construction. I employ about 30 people, and we work all over the country with multiple crews in many states on a variety of projects. Our volume is between $6 million and $10 million per year. We currently have several large stream restoration projects averaging around 10,000 linear feet, as well as several site work and Department of Transportation projects. I had dreams of being a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and I arrived at North Carolina State University with that intention. Basket weaving was fine with me as a degree, as long as I could be a pilot! But family and friends kept saying I should go into some type of earthwork or construction. Colonel Charlie Hicks, a retired USAF fighter pilot, instructor, adviser, and now close friend, always encouraged me to follow my dreams but keep my options open. I had never quit anything before dropping out of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, but doors opened up for me. I worked with an advisor in the College of Ag and Life Sciences. I described the things I liked to do, and she suggested the Agricultural and Environmental Technology program. I did a little research, and I was on board. The degree program offered a lot of options. I could pull in classes from different colleges within NCSU, and I was able to create a handson track that gave me the knowledge and the contacts to be successful today. The AET program prepares you to be the middleman between engineers and end users. If you’re technical and smart enough to be an engineer, and have enough common sense to explain a process to the person who is going to use it, sell it, and make people believe in it, then AET is the degree for you. During my summers and downtime between classes, I was able to work with the Waste Group and Water Quality Group, which are cooperative extension arms of NCSU. I learned about the importance of research and implementation in the environmental industry. I was able to meet a lot of different people and make industry contacts. As an employer, the top three attributes that I look for in a new hire are attitude, attitude, and attitude. Someone with a good attitude will always try, work hard, and learn to the best of their abilities. It doesn’t always mean a perfect fit for a particular job, but ultimately with a positive attitude the hire will succeed. I think bosses and employers get a bad rap sometimes! I genuinely want to help others to be as successful as I have become. It’s the best part about my career. I would like to see more people pursue entrepreneurship and lead roles. As an industry and as a country, we need job creators more than ever.
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