At Phoenix Construction, we’re focused on the future with an internship program designed to show young men and women the inner workings of the commercial construction business, and everything that goes into it. This quote from Idowu Koyenikan, who wrote, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of your Ability, illustrates our attitude well:
We do not get to choose how we start out in life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by God. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change.
Millennials and Gen Z have taken a pretty bad rap in recent years. We’ve all been to the local fast food drive thru where your order is taken by someone who’d rather be anywhere but there. A drink and a bag of food shoved in your face, with no mention of “thanks” or “please come again” (unless, of course, you’re dining at Chick-fil-a). So, just when you think you’re ready to give up on today’s youth (anyone under 35 is considered youth to me), you meet young men like Jack Brewer and Hunter Hinton.
“This summer, while working as an intern with Phoenix, I was exposed to many different careers in the office and in the field. Some of my most valuable and memorable time came from being in West Texas working ‘hands on’ with the Phoenix Superintendents,” said 20-year-old Hunter Hinton. “Working in the field made my time with project managers, estimators, design teams, surveyors, and all other trades more beneficial and educational. Another highlight of my time was meeting with CEO, Kaleb Brewer, to discuss broad business functions and gain priceless life lessons. To be employed with Phoenix Construction is like working with a family, I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to work with such great people.”
We were all impressed by the Texas State University student who showed up early each day and stayed late each evening, just like 14-year-old Jack Brewer, who attends Fredericksburg High School.
“I was blown away by what I learned and the caring way the employees at Phoenix who made sure it was an educational experience for me,” said Brewer. “My time in the Fredericksburg office is something I won’t forget.”
It’s a good feeling to be around good kids.
“We have great respect for how we got to where we are, but we are clearly focused on the future here at Phoenix,” stated Chairman and CEO Kaleb Brewer. “It’s young men like Hunter and Jack that give me a great deal of optimism in our country’s future.”
Instead of acting like Clint Eastwood’s character in Gran Torino (“get off my lawn!”), I should instead realize that for one rude Gen Z or Millennial working in today’s customer service industry, there’s five hard working, positively driven kids who are indeed focused on the future, and wanting to make a difference in the business world.
So, encourage when you can, and let these young people know that their efforts are appreciated. Our future is in good hands.
Dave Cowley is the Senior VP of Investor/Public Relations at Phoenix Construction.