In September 2002, right before the Giants broke my heart, I walked into an operations yard in Hayward, California to see about a job. It was “low man on the totum pole” kind of job for a 23yr old me who’s only other job experience was working at Longs Drugs and being AWESOME. The first year and a half consisted of prepping trailers, delivery tools/furniture, inventory, tool/hose repair and various activities for multi-million dollar construction projects out of the equipment operations yard for S.J. Amoroso (G.C.). The next year and half was a combination of updating yard operation software programs and delivering/picking up tools/supplies. In February 2005 I was approached with an opportunity that would forever change my life. I was being given the chance to work in the field, on-site at a $47m dollar school project at Foothille College. Over the next 2.5 years I worked as a project engineer at the Foothill College Lower Campus Addition. I made great friends, moved into my house and married my best friend in 2006. Fast forward to 2007. Another opportunity came knocking. I received a phone call from P-Rod (Project Executive) within my organization and he informed me that i was being re-assigned to a $27m parking garage in San Jose as the lead Project Manager. WOW!! I couldn’t screw this up! Long story short (too late) that opportunity has streched now to 4 new projects worth a combined $100m (+/-). On September 18th, 2012 I will be standing in close proximity to Major Ed Lee as he and the rest of the San Francisco Supervisors conduct a groundbreaking ceremony on my new project in San Francisco. To think that 10yrs ago today I was at the bottom……a lot can be done if you have the right people behind.
This blog is to thank all those so intrumental in my progress and who have helped get me to where I am today…..
My Mom and Dad: You have no idea what you mean to me….thank you for your committment to me and believing in who/what I could become. You have to admit, I am pretty AWESOME. I am a perfect combination of both….but thank god I look like mom! I love you.
My Wife: It hasn’t been easy but you are my rock……my best friend. I love you with everything that I have. Always. And you too can admit that I am pretty AWESOME! Happy Early Anniversary (9/16/06) 6yrs……like my dad always says “what’s not to love!” I love you.
My Sister: I am so proud of whom you become. Thank you for always believing in me and supporting me (High School, Baseball, College, etc.) A wonderul aunt and genuine good person. Thank you and I love you.
My daughter: Words can’t begin to describe my love for you. You’ve always been a part of me and have taken control of my heart. I was put on this earth for one reason and that was to be your daddy. Continue to shine my little beauty….
My Amoroso Peeps (Former and Current): Thanks for dealing with my shit…..especially P-Rod for being patient and not telling me to “Stop Fucking Writing Letters to Karen!” I’ve learned so much from so many people….and I’m thankful for having the pleasure to be your friend/co-worker.
My Friends (Homegrown and SCU): You’re welcome for meeting me and for having me as a friend. The sooner you realize you “wouldn’t be the person you are today without me” the better off you’ll be.
*Just to clarify…this isn’t an acceptance speech or to be cheesy. I’m just happy with my life, where I’m at and the people I’ve met along the way. I appreciate everyone for leaving a footprint on me and allowing me to be myself. And that (if you didn’t quite get from above) is pretty fricking AWESOME!
To Do List: Dominate another 10yrs. Sweep the Dodgers this Weekend.