CAD Manager, Civil/Survey Division
What is your current role? How long have you worked for Loureiro?
After 17 years of previous drafting experience, I joined Loureiro in 2016. As a CAD Manager, my work gives clients a true visual of their concept — whether in our efforts to close the deal during the proposal process or to provide foresight into the project’s impact on the community. I manage all aspects of computer drafting and 3D survey services, which include drone work for survey mapping, as well as graphics and 3D scanning.
What is the most interesting/rewarding aspect of your job?
Being a problem-solver. I find creative solutions to bring our client visions to life before construction even begins, allowing us to win projects and get our clients excited about what’s to come. I’m constantly learning new things, which I enjoy passing on to others to help our company continue to grow.
Recently, we had a job designed by our Civil/ Survey team that was part of a historical private college preparatory school, so their committee wanted a visual of all the completed features. Using photos I had taken of the project site, I created a computer rendering, tracing the new design over the existing site, removing snow, and inputting actual flowers that CR3 (our landscape architects could incorporate into the design so the client could envision how everything would come together.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
It’s a funny story… Back in high school, I was looking to buy a car and came across a listing online. When I asked the seller if he needed a deposit, he surprisingly said no. He explained his feelings on integrity. He said if no one can trust your word, then you’ll never get anywhere. When I needed help with the payments in order to register the car, he was willing to drop the sale price for me before he would alter any of the paperwork to still get the money in full. His lessons about integrity were unexpected, but they really stuck with me. And that’s why when I say I’m going to do something, I always follow through.
What inspires you the most – professionally, personally, or both?
I’ve long had a passion for teaching and helping others learn because that’s how I got where I am in my career. I spent four years as a night instructor at Porter and Chester Institute, which is where I went for computer drafting, and I now truly enjoyed the opportunity to help my students learn the skills they need to get a job they love.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love being outside; I have a boat down at the marina and take it out to go fishing whenever I can. And when I’m not out on the water, I’m either working on the house or in the yard. I also mow lawns for a couple of properties close by, which I enjoy because it keeps me active.
What is the most surprising thing about you?
I have a twin, Matt. We may look alike, but our personalities couldn’t be more different. He’s a rugged guy who likes to do his own thing, whereas I find joy in being around others, especially if it involves helping or teaching. We used to pick on each other all the time growing up because of our differences, but we always had each other’s backs — especially when our mom was reprimanding both of us!