Western would like to recognize Shez Tucker as this month's Employee Spotlight.
Kudos, Shez—and thank you for being a valued member of the Western team!
Q&A with Shez Tucker
What is your role at Western?
Superintendent of the Seattle, WA branch. I'm in charge of an assortment of things; manpower, equipment, training safety, quality control, and production.
What do you like most about Western?
The diversity of work we do and the opportunity to grow within the company.
What are three words to describe Western?
Safety, quality, and custom.
What is your proudest moment at Western?
When Western issued me a gas card.
What has been your favorite project at Western?
Working on the roof of the Space Needle.
How did you first learn about Western?
My good friend, Kenny O'Hare introduced me to Western.
Before working at Western, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
I worked construction on my father's crew for most of my childhood. It gave me a great foundation to build off at Western.
What advice do you have for prospective Western candidates?
Choose Western! It will provide you with the opportunity to learn and grow as much as you want. Work hard, listen to advice, and then follow it.
What have you gained from Working at Western?
Western has allowed me to take care of my family for the last 24 years. And when I was given the opportunity to transfer from Kansas City to Seattle, I was able to stay employed at Western. The experience of many types of work and training when needed.
What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Western?
To help grow the Seattle branch from $6m to $15m a year.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Western, whose job would you want?
No other jobs interest me at this point, unless Western starts a branch in the US Virgin Islands.
What about you? What do you personally enjoy?
My wife, Michelle, and I moved to Seattle to follow our passion for sailing. I had 19 years of experience in Kansas City at the time of the move. In the last four years, I worked as a foreman. Then, I was given the opportunity to become Superintendent a year ago. My first year has been a good one and I feel great about our branch making Track One!
As for our sailing dream, let's just say we have done exactly what we expected. We live on a 40′ C&C sailboat that is rarely seen on the dock on the weekends. We live in the largest Live Aboard Community on the west coast, right on Puget Sound. We see whales, we catch lots of crabs, and explore new exciting anchorages on a regular basis. We love it!