How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?
JI: 17 years.
What drew you into the industry?
JI: I absolutely love construction. I think there’s something magical about the way a concept starts as an idea on paper and then morphs into a beautiful new building.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?
JI: The people. I have learned so much from other engineers, designers, contractors and architects. We all bring different perspectives, not only to a project, but to the industry as a whole. There is so much strength in working together collectively to progress the industry.
What motivates you every day?
JI: The unknown of the day. Each day is so different for me, and when I think I know what will happen, it doesn’t, so I wake up with the attitude of “Let’s see what today brings.” Some days that works out in my favor!
What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
JI: This industry has a career option for everyone. Whether you enjoy working with your hands or designing on a computer, you fit in. You don’t need to come onto the job on day one and know what you’re doing — the industry is full of mentors that are just waiting for a motivated individual to teach their craft.
What has been your proudest moment in your career so far?
JI: I think the one thing that continues to bring me the most pride is when I can watch a peer that I’ve been mentoring step away and accomplish projects on their own.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
JI: I have a new found passion for growing leaders in the industry and have started sharing my experiences in Plumbing Engineering magazine.