Connor Spotts is a superintendent with Connolly Brothers who has overseen projects for Boston College, JG MacLellan, Vicor Corporation, and more. Before joining Connolly, he worked at PROCON. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and currently resides in Wakefield, Mass.
What drew you to construction?
I always liked Legos as a kid and driving by construction sites, I was always intrigued. So I started with the degree in engineering. One of my math professors, Joan Rosebush, would start every day with an 8 a.m. quiz, and that helped prepare me for what was to come. I found out that I didn't really like sitting behind a desk every day so I wanted to try the construction side. It's a good match for my skills because I'm organized, detail-oriented, and a good communicator.
How do you approach the job sites you oversee?
I try to lead by example and let people know what we need while also treating them with respect. I always make sure everything is safe, which comes back to the respect thing; I would never ask anyone to do anything unsafe at work. It's important to me to maintain positive relationships with our subcontractors as we get work done, and part of that is thinking three steps ahead so that the next guy for that next step is aware, informed, lined up, and ready to go.
You've had a faster-than-typical path to superintendent. To what do you attribute your success?
Yeah, I started as an assistant superintendent with Connolly and all the other superintendents helped me learn a lot, so now I want to give back and share what I've learned as well. Also, setting goals for myself has been really important. A colleague of mine suggested a book, Goals! by Brian Tracy, which inspired me to write down my list of goals and that gave me a tracker and a test to keep looking at what I could be doing differently to learn, ask the right questions, and grow.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Think about work! Just kidding – I like to hang out and relax with friends and watch some sports. I love the Red Sox, Bruins, and Penguins. I play in a hockey league with some friends just for fun, and I'll do some snowboarding with friends for a long weekend or that kind of thing, which is always fun, too.
What do you most enjoy about your work at Connolly Brothers?
Every day is something different. I like that I'm always on my toes and constantly thinking about what I can do to help keep this ball rolling in the right direction. I appreciate the ability to work on design-build projects as well as projects with outside architects. I also like that this is a place where people put their egos aside and work as team players with a view of the big picture.
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