Visit virtually any construction site where C1S employees are hard at work, and one friendly face sure to greet you is Gil Lopez. Seriously, he is everywhere.
In just six months as a Senior Construction Superintendent, he has played an important role in projects with clients including CarbonLITE, Aloe Vera of North America, Fresh Express, Nestle Waters, and more.
“My main role is to make sure our guys in the field have the resources they need to get the job done right,” said Gil. “Sometimes that means filling in for project managers, other days it requires helping with safety inspections. I’ve been doing this a while. I’m ready for just about anything.”
For Gil, keeping busy at job sites is nothing new. In fact, his time in the construction business started when he was just a kid. Growing up, he spent summers learning the value of hard work helping his father and uncles run their construction business. He learned his away around power tools and a hammer, helping with roofing projects and building residential homes.
It continued during his nearly 14-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time with the Marines, Gil spent time in a dozen countries, earned the rank of Staff Sergeant, and several awards, including a Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Navy Achievement Medal. After suffering a knee injury while on duty, the Marine Corps found a creative way to keep him busy. Gil was stationed in California where he was placed in charge of renovating military barracks and a nearby communications school.
“They needed someone with construction knowledge,” said Gil. “I was in charge of working with subcontractors, training different battalions, and keeping a close eye on budgets. It was a good fit.”
After retiring from the military, Gil briefly considered a career in personal security but was led back to the construction industry. After working with companies in California and El Paso, Texas where he spent the majority of his time traveling, a desire to find a more family oriented company and settle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area made his next destination pretty clear.
“I did my research and was immediately fascinated by the company culture,” said Gil. “Dating back to my childhood working in construction, to my days in the military, family has always been number one to me. C1S understood that.”
And Gil has quickly become a valued member of our family at C1S. He’s punctual. He’s reliable. Most important, younger engineers and construction professionals look up to him.
“We have six veterans on our team at C1S, and that’s not by accident,” said Julie Strong, CEO of C1S. “Gil is a leader who takes the time to mentor younger team members and at the same time, is committed to helping us deliver exceptional projects. He’s the perfect fit for our family.”
Gil has been all over the world, building strong relationships at every stop along the way. At C1S, we are secretly hoping his days of globetrotting are in the past.