STEVE BETZ, PRESIDENT SOUTHEAST
FIRST PROJECT | UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON DORMS | 1984
In 1984, I started as a Co-op and started full time with Danis in 1986 in the Estimating department. I was moved over to Concourse Construction and then became the Field Engineer for Phase 2 and 3 at Mead Data Central, now Lexis Nexis. At the same time, I was working on the UD Virginia Kettering Dorms. We subcontracted with the Danis Highway group on the UD job. Both Ray Black and Bert Black were working at the job site at the same time. Bert would ride around on his motorcycle directing traffic. He would wear a cross body holster to hold his radio and he always wore a blazer. I learned a lot from both Bert and Ray. Surviving that project made me the man that I am today!
BIGGEST CHANGE. Safety and project delivery are the biggest changes. When I started, all we did was hard bid. Safety has progressed significantly and for all the right reasons.
FAVORITE PROJECT. My favorite project is the Mayo Clinic Gabriel House of Care. The House began because of an 18 year old young man attending LSU passed away due to an aneurism. Jorge Bacardi received a lung transplant because the young man was an organ donor. The Bacardi’s learned of his story and penned a letter to the boy’s family. The two families chose to meet and the Bacardi’s decided, as a legacy to the boy and his family, to build the Gabriel House of Care. The House of Care houses oncology and transplant patients and their families.
This was probably the most gratifying project that I have been a part of and we stay involved in fundraising for the House to this day. Thousands of families are impacted by the project and it is the one project that has meant the most to me.