Matt Moser, General Superintendent for Driver SPG, has been working at C.W. Driver Companies for 13 years working at both C.W. Driver and Driver SPG. His resume includes a variety of projects including hospitals, retail spaces, and higher education facilities.
What originally attracted you to start working at C.W. Driver Companies?
Back in 2006, I got a call asking if I’d be interested to start working for C.W. Driver. I had been working at a Cedars Sinai facility converting the existing 5th floor Cardiac Suite into six new operating rooms, support area and 24-bed PACU (post anesthesia care operative care unit). C.W. Driver was taking over phase two of this project and thought I’d be the perfect fit. I wasn’t unhappy at my previous company, but I knew there were better opportunities that C.W. Driver could offer for my career.
What made you transition over to Driver SPG?
I was commuting down to San Diego from Orange County to work on the Sharp Grossmont Hospital project. The executives knew I needed a change and offered that I work on the St. Kilian’s Catholic Church project in Anaheim with Driver SPG. This shortened my commute and provided me with a new challenge. Right off the bat I realized there were opportunities for me to utilize my expertise in planning and supervising. I hosted the first Superintendent training meetings on utilizing iPads, Egnyte, Box.com, and other programs the company wasn’t utilizing to its full potential. When I was offered the official transition over to Driver SPG, I knew it was the right career move where I was able to bring together and standardize the C.W. Driver Companies.
What is your favorite part about working at Driver SPG?
At Driver SPG, we like to have fun. Our culture is to work hard and play hard. We laugh while we work and do not take ourselves too seriously. No matter the company you work for, you end up spending more time at work than you do with your own family. Our team makes our job fun and light-hearted. Most of us have been with the company for over five years. The Driver SPG team has become my family, and we have built a culture of support and comradery.
What are some things you’ve had to learn as a General Superintendent?
The biggest lesson I have had to learn is to trust people. As the General Superintendent, I must take a step back from the day-to-day operations and let the Superintendents on site take the lead. At first it was challenging to watch someone managing a project differently than I would. I have had to learn that just because someone leads differently, does not mean they won’t get the same result. Everyone in this industry is Type A and likes to get into the details. My project teams cannot grow if I micromanage them. They will become dependent on me if I hover over their project. Over the years I have learned to know when to get involved and when to take a step back.
What is the most challenging part of working in the Construction industry?
Aggressive schedules and smaller budgets have become the norm in today’s construction industry. Project teams are eager to get something built and details are sometimes missed. This shift has challenged contractors, as we are typically the last ones brought on the team. I firmly believe in a longer preconstruction period to save time and money. We must work smarter, not harder. Working at C.W. Driver Companies, I have enhanced my ability to focus on the Owner’s needs. Our project teams are skilled at communicating and being open with Owners when issues arise. C.W. Driver Companies has the perfect balance of setting realistic expectations, while maintaining the Owner’s best interests.
What brought you your successes at C.W. Driver Companies?
I have been successful at C.W. Driver Companies because of the team I have around me. My marker of success is to have everyone, no matter their position, say that I work hard and want to work with me again. Early on in my career, I learned that nothing would get done if I did everything by myself. No matter where you work, you need your champions. I have been fortunate enough to have Rich Freeark, David Amundson, Brian Strough, and Aimee Siemianowski as my champions here at C.W. Driver Companies. They have helped build me up to the leader that I am today. As General Superintendent, my success is based on the team’s success. If the team doesn’t do well, it’s a reflection of my leadership. I know I have been successful in the industry because the C.W. Driver Companies team always has my back.