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Employee Spotlight: Lee Lacks

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

This is the motto James River Construction Project Manager, Lee Lacks, lives by. Fortunately for us, Lee embodies both hard work and talent.

Lee started his relationship with JRC as one of our trade partners providing cabinetry and casework. After several years working with him in this capacity, we were growing and needed an additional project manager who had a skillset like Lee’s. So we offered him the job, and as fate would have it, he was ready to make a transition that benefited his personal and professional growth as well as our business.

Lee’s experience running his own business in the construction industry makes him especially well suited to projects with tight deadlines or large challenges. In fact, he thrives on this, he says. “I think I respond better when I am pushed or maybe told something ‘can’t be done.’”

In addition to making sure projects are staying on track, Lee is great at coordinating multiple jobs sites, suppliers, clients and is always willing to lend a hand or fill in for other team members, whether that’s supervising a cabinet install, meeting a trade partner or being on hand for an inspection. That helping hand is one of the aspects that drew Lee to JRC from the beginning. “The thing that stood out at JRC over other companies was the camaraderie between the employees and the willingness to jump in when needed in order to get things done effectively and efficiently.”

Efficiency and effectiveness are big values for the JRC team. Every one of us is results-driven, but we also love what we do. As Lee said, “I realized a long time ago that hard work was something I was going to have to do, so I always felt like you should try and have a good time doing it.” Like the rest of us, Lee is drawn to the visual, tangible accomplishments a career in construction brings. Happy clients are the icing on the cake.

While JRC keeps Lee busy, family is priority and he always makes time for them including his 19 year old son, Donavan, who started college this year, his 13 year old son, Myles, who he can be found toting to and from travel soccer league games, and his wife of 14 years, Loretta, who he calls his “biggest supporter” – especially in the decision to come to JRC in order to have more family time. We are certainly thankful for her nudging Lee our direction and we know it was the right decision when Lee says, “you know you where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing when you don’t dread waking up and going to work in the morning.”

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