Business Development Manager
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
Triangle is my second “adult” job, and I chose Triangle for the opportunity to grow in my career and for a change in culture from where I was. I stay because I am afforded that opportunity for growth. I also choose Triangle for the people. I like the people I work with, and I feel like I can be my authentic self every day. I am appreciated for that.
How has your career grown since starting at Triangle?
I began at Triangle as a Senior Project Manager five years ago and have since been promoted to a Project Development Manager. , I feel like my opportunity to be a voice in the company and our direction is only limited by my opinion. I really feel like I have endless opportunities here to make my mark on the company and help provide a vision for the future.
Favorite project you’ve worked on?
My favorite projects are those that I can take my family to or see others enjoy. A lot of projects I have done over the years, I never see again after the final warranty expires. I like the projects I can walk into and say, “I built that” (with some help of course).
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to be outdoors – running, biking, boating during the summer. I also love spending time in downtown Grand Rapids. I am a big architecture and history nerd, so I really enjoy walkabouts in our great community.
How did you end up in construction?
When I was a kid I would draw floor plans of houses. My mom designed the home I grew up in, and never got to fulfill her dream of being an architect, so initially I thought I wanted to be an architect as well. After a college orientation for an architectural program, I realized that I still wanted to pursue construction, just from a different vantage point.
What’s the last book you read?
I am currently reading White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo—a book I would recommend every high school student be required to read to better understand social justice.
What motivates you?
Everyday I wake up in pursuit of being a better version of myself. My desire to constantly improve who I am as a human being motivates me.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on Antoine Court, a 3-story, 50-unit affordable housing project located in downtown Grand Rapids for the Grand Rapids Housing Commission. I am also working on several projects for Ferris State University including their Center for Virtual Learning and the Rock/Miller Hall renovations. Plus working on getting that next project.
I’m still searching for my hidden talent. I can make my elbows stick out weird so they look broken, but not sure that qualifies as a talent.