John Torres was home for spring break during freshman year of college in 1999 when he bumped into his elementary school basketball coach Rick Morales.
The two struck up a conversation that would jump-start John’s career.
When he told the coach he was studying construction management at Chico State, Rick, who worked as Graniterock’s chief estimator at the time, encouraged John to look into the company’s summer internship program because good interns are known to land full-time positions after graduation.
John thought he’d hit the jackpot: an internship that would link his heavy civil engineering coursework to the real world and the possibility of a full-time job when college was over.
After talking with Rick, he immediately made the necessary phone calls to line up an interview for the internship.
His strong performance several summers in a row led to the full-time job, and since 2003 John has steadily risen from the ground up the ranks at Graniterock from project engineer to project manager and estimator, and now leads the company’s growing private works estimating team.
As private works estimating manager, John is helping Graniterock win bigger and bigger pieces of the San Francisco Bay Area’s robust commercial market by developing strong client relationships with major general contractors in the region.
“I truly appreciate the tremendous opportunity and responsibility that’s come with building my career at Graniterock,” John, 37, said. “The private estimating business is really about effective communication and being an excellent listener, which all comes naturally for me.”
Construction fits well with John’s personality, which he describes as “type A light.”
Always strong in math, he enjoys all the systems and guidelines required to build a project of any size and help a plan go from paper to reality.
He cut his teeth on large-volume night paving jobs all over the Bay Area, helping with work plans, scheduling, forecasting, lane closures, trucking, subcontractors and field crews.
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