Posted: May 18, 2016
Last modified: June 15, 2016
SGL Recruiting and Hiring Manager
Resident of Lake Nona
Keith Taylor knows the value of communications. At the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he learned it as a cadet and as a defensive back on the college’s football team.
It has continued to serve him well as Recruiting and Hiring Manger on the I-4 Ultimate project – the six-year, public-private partnership to reconstruct 21 miles of Interstate 4 (I-4) through Metro Orlando.
“With the I-4 Ultimate project being so large and the construction teams spread out over 21 miles, organization and communication are key components to success,” Taylor said. Good communication skills also help him match people to job openings. “We have to make sure we have the right people in the right jobs to build the project,” he said.
While the academics, athletics and military training at VMI required a rigorous, disciplined approach to succeed, he also learned flexibility in dealing with people from a variety of backgrounds. “Everybody’s different, and a diverse workforce is one of our goals,” Taylor said. “But we also always look for people with the right knowledge and the right attitude about safety.”
Even checking the skill levels of equipment operators is handled in the safest manner possible – on electronic simulators at the hiring office rather than in the cabs of the actual heavy machinery.
Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at VMI and then became a field engineer and estimator for Skanska in Washington, D.C., and in the Virginia towns of Charlottesville, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. He and his wife, Katrice, an elementary school teacher, decided he should expand his skills with a new challenge, and when the opportunity arose to work on the I-4 Ultimate project with SGL Constructors (the design-build joint venture for the project), they leaped at the chance to move to Florida.
In his free time, Taylor likes to work out, watch football and spend time with his wife and their dog. His bottom-line advice for job applicants is simple: “Ask questions. There are no bad questions.