Employee Spotlight: Brent Smith

Posted on: June 1, 2020   |   Category: Eagle in the News

Brent grew up in the construction business and has over 20 years of experience in the field. His hands-on leadership and dedication to his work brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.

Get to know brent

Why did you join Eagle?

Eagle provides an unparalleled level of involvement in each of the projects we build.  Being able to be part of a project from inception at the ground level to completion of the project and beyond really excited me.  Being a team member in the Eagle process has allowed me the opportunity to expand my working knowledge of every aspect of a project and collaborate with a remarkable team that not only wants to see the project succeed, but all involved as well.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

My wife and children, plain and simple.  My wife Kelcey, and children Titus (4), Eden (2) & Abel (9 months) push me everyday to be a better man and leader.  Seeing Kelcey’s selflessness in raising three young children, growing a successful career as an occupational therapist and finding the time to organize, plan and throw in a little fun in our lives is nothing short of amazing.  Having three young children certainly keeps us on our toes, but when you think of influence, you typically think of how a parent influences their children, which I relish the opportunity to have, but in reality their influence on me is so much greater.  In the words of Titus, “Dad, you better be good or we’re going to have to send you to your room!”

What’s your favorite summer activity?

I enjoy all the classic summer activities (grill-outs, bonfires, being on the lake), but the absolute best part about summer is the light.  Waking up with the sun already out and not seeing a sunset until 9PM makes the days feel so much more productive.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Either an engineer or an architect.  I was raised in the construction industry so it was only natural for me to want to dig into the more technical side of what I had known my entire life.  Throughout high school I was drawn to the math and sciences so I chose to study civil engineering and ended up with a bachelors degree in civil engineering with a minor in construction management.  On a more serious note, I really wanted to be a professional climber.  I always thought climbing Mount Everest would be an awesome life goal! 

What is something you’ve learned during your career?

Communication is vital.  I’ve always had a very black and white, one track mind way of thinking but as I’ve developed professionally, I’ve found the value of collaboration and analyzing/integrating others thoughts and ideas.  Not only do open lines of communication keep goals in line, but it helps us to be proactive instead of reactive.  Anytime you are reacting to a situation, it’s already somewhat out of your control.

What’s a fun fact about you that may surprise us?

I love sushi!

How do you define success?

To me, success can be defined by how we teach and pass our knowledge to the next generation so that they are able to build upon what we have accomplished.  Rather than passing down burdens, success is building a platform for their future.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Flying

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Eager, humble and hard-working

What is your favorite thing about working at Eagle?

I mentioned it earlier, and will double down on it because it is so true.  Collaboration and culture “buy-in” are what make working at Eagle so great.  There is already such a strong base here and we have the opportunity to build upon that system by utilizing the strengths of all the hard-working Eagle employees.  The future is certainly exciting!

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