At MCL Construction, relationships with our clients and our employees are what set us apart. They help us deliver your project on time and on budget and help us hire and retain the best team. Sometimes, you can hit that spark right away, sometimes it can take years. For us it is a marathon, not a sprint.
MCL Construction formed a relationship with Mike Watson in 2019. Human Resources Director Mark Berner reached out to him on LinkedIn and started a conversation. He saw qualities in him that are at the core of what MCL looks for in our employees: commitment, communication, leadership, and experience.
“Establishing and maintaining relationships are important in all aspects of our business,” said Berner. “One of those areas is attracting great employees. People look for so much more than a salary today; a personal connection, culture, and ‘fit’ are as important or more important than monetary compensation. Sometimes this results in attracting and hiring new people to MCL quickly and sometimes it develops over time.”
Watson was living in Austin, Texas, at the time and working for a prominent firm, running large projects. It wasn't the right time for him to relocate but his relationship with MCL continued for more than two years. In April 2021, Watson officially joined the MCL team.
“I was traveling a lot to see my family in Nebraska,” said Watson. “Being closer to family is a plus but when I visited MCL I was very impressed. They have a smaller family-type atmosphere all while operating as if they were a huge company.”
Watson joins MCL with 17 years of experience. He is originally from Sidney, Nebraska, and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Construction Management. Different career opportunities in the industry relocated him to Texas and many other places. He worked as a Project Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia, a Project Engineer and Project Manager in Scottsdale, Arizona, a Project Manager in Denver, Colorado, and held several project management positions in Austin, Texas.
As an MCL Project Executive, Mike will be the point of communication between the project team and the project owners. Selected out of more than 900 employees to be part of the leadership team at his previous company, Mike brings with him skills to lead a team and be a resource for clients.
“It is really about the people at this stage -- keeping a healthy team and a happy client. Communication and leadership are just kind of the glue to a project,” said Watson.
Some of his most memorable projects are large, higher education buildings on the University of Texas campus. One of those buildings played an integral part in the production of the COIVID-19 vaccine.
“That’s the really cool part about construction,” said Watson. “You never know if the next great thing, development, or innovation is going to come out of the building you built. It makes you feel part of something bigger.”
Although new to MCL, Mike knows Omaha. He understands our community’s culture and is excited to start forming some lasting relationships of his own and be one of the people you build with.
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