Written By : Rachel Dempsey
“I am looking forward to finishing out my career at MCL with as much enthusiasm as I've had the last 25 years. It has been a blast and I want to make sure I go out with a blast as well,” revealed Paul Beller who just celebrated his 25th year at MCL Construction.
Paul is a Project Manager, a job he got the second time he applied with the company. Roughly a year earlier, Paul applied for the Project Manager spot and was passed up on the opportunity when he had missed the call asking him to join the team. He then began working for a roofing company.
“The roofing company worked quite a bit with MCL, so I was in the office a lot and 14 months later they asked if I was still interested because the first guy was moving on to start his own business. So, I really like to say that I've been here for 28 years,” explained Paul.
Paul originally graduated from Southeast Community College with a degree in Building Construction Technology. Five years later, he went back to school starting at UNO and later transferring to Peru State College. For Paul, it was really the next step in what he wanted to do.
“Just because I thought having a bachelor’s degree was important, then we were planning to have kids and I felt that it was important to provide a goal that I had achieved, and I wanted them to do the same thing,” admitted Paul.
Paul’s passion for construction started really early in his life, way before high school and college. It all began when his parents decided to build an addition to their house.
“I would come home when I was 10 or 11 and just watch and study all the progress that was made each day,” said Paul.
Back in the day, kids were exposed more to equipment at a very young age. Paul received full access to machinery such as table saws when he was only in seventh grade. Because of his exposure to construction early on in his life, Paul was able to truly find a love for the art in constructing and building structures.
To Paul, working for MCL Construction hasn’t just been a job, it has been an adventure with every day bringing something new to the table. He has seen MCL grow from only 35 workers to over 160; even the projects have doubled and tripled in size from when he first began.
“Every year it just gets bigger and better, and it has been different every day; honestly, never the same twice and the time flew by so fast. That’s probably my biggest disappointment,” informed Paul.
For Paul, passion is not just a Core Value here at MCL Construction, but also the MCL way.
“The MCL way is passion. We give it 150% every time we get a job and I think because of that, our quality is able to speak for itself. We all just try to maintain the quality on every project we do, and if we don’t have passion for what we do, we wouldn’t be successful.”
Looking back, some of Paul’s favorite projects have been the medical-related ones because they were able to help so many people. He really enjoys knowing that so many people have benefited from projects he has worked on.
With that being said, the past 25 years have been so memorable for Paul and he will continue to have a lot to look forward to in the future with his family, friends, and career. He is excited to see how MCL will grow more and more in the future and advises anyone looking to create a career out of construction to stay patient and be open to learning every day.
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