Meet Jeff Ford, our Piling Superintendent of five years! As a member of GROUP Contractors, Jeff is responsible for quality control and project management. He oversees safety issues, monitors productivity and leads subcontractors throughout each of his projects’ life cycles. With 29 years of invaluable construction experience, we are grateful to have Jeff as a part of our team, and we are eager to see him continue to prosper at GROUP Contractors!
Hometown: Denham Springs, LA
What attracted you to GROUP? I had only heard good things in our industry about GROUP. I’ve only been with 3 companies over my 29-year career. The older I got, the more I wanted a company to have a family-like atmosphere, be a place to call home, be locally owned and operated and to be where I eventually retire from. I found that with GROUP, and it was the best decision I have ever made. GROUP truly is a “family.”
What excites you most about your role with GROUP? I enjoy that GROUP is a company that lets me do my job on projects. Our employees are a direct reflection of GROUP, so it’s my job to coach the employees and make sure everything runs smoothly, with safety being the number one goal, then quality. I am excited when I go on new projects. We truly have a great bunch of guys and gals working for us, and we all seem to complement each other as a group, which gets the job done without incidents, rework or delays. That’s what keeps GROUP up at number 1.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? ALWAYS be open to others’ ideas, and never think that you know everything. There is always another way, and some idea by the lowest man on the totem pole may be the best idea!
When not working, how do you like to spend your time? I have a camp down on the river, and I am very rarely not there on one of my boats. I especially love boating with friends; we will run well over 100 miles per day. We’ll travel to New Orleans, Madisonville or Slidell for lunch and then back to the sandbar at the mouth of Blind River to watch the sunset. If it’s on the water, I absolutely love it. I have traveled by boat from coast to coast; it’s my passion and my love!