Discipline, hard work, and a resilient mindset helped Charlie Palma achieve success in the military. Now, as project manager at Let’s Pave, he leverages those same traits to manage multi-phase projects and meet critical milestones. In this brief interview, Charlie shares his insight on teamwork, strategy, and results.
- What led you to a career at Let’s Pave?
Just like the army, I wanted a job that could challenge me in new ways every day. One that would not keep me behind a desk, as well as a career where I could accurately measure my accomplishments. So, I upgraded from kilometers to square footage.
- How is project management similar to a military mission?
Just like any CO or NCOIC, my client needs to understand the plan of attack, what materials are needed to complete the mission, and how long I will be on target. My job requires a thorough understanding of the site, proper phasing, and ongoing communication to ensure everyone involved knows what is expected and delivers on those expectations.
- What should buyers expect from their paving vendor and how does Let’s Pave deliver?
Buyers should expect a painless operation that doesn’t affect their day-to-day business. The Let’s Pave project management team does an outstanding job overseeing all the moving parts of a project to ensure that all work and phasing benefits the client.
- Tell us one thing everyone should know, but probably doesn’t, about parking lot maintenance:
A parking lot really does require and benefit from maintenance. A lot of people see a new lot and figure they don’t need to be hands on again for another few years. However, when managed correctly, and maintained the ‘Let’s Pave way,’ a parking lot can last much longer at a fraction of the cost compared to a deferred maintenance strategy.
- What was the most rewarding aspect about the most recent project you managed?
I am results-driven and I enjoy seeing my work in action on the jobsite and the finished product.
- What are 5 things people can always expect from you?
I am always in the right place, in the right uniform, at the right time. I show up ready and maintain a professional respect with everyone I work with.
- Who inspires you to be the best at what you do and why?
My Father. Work ethic can take you a long way, and I could not have had anyone better to learn that from.
- Where can we find you on any given Saturday?
Most likely doing something that involves hockey or football.