Greg Hellem, a 30-year construction industry veteran, recently joined Forté Specialty Contractors as superintendent. Hellem is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the onsite staff. His initial project with Forté was with Wynn’s newest nightclub, Intrigue, in Las Vegas.
In this Q&A, Hellem discusses his transition from teacher in a school to teacher on the jobsite and his background working on entertainment venues.
“Both as a teacher and a superintendent, if you are not patient in listening, watching and directing your students or colleagues, you will not be able to execute your job effectively. Being an educator helped me to hone in on my creative and critical thinking skills, ultimately allowing me to find faster and more efficient ways to complete projects on time and on budget.”
As superintendent, Hellem is accountable for assisting the project scheduling managers in developing and refining the project schedule—as well as the planning and review of the construction program—including quality control procedures and safety and security practices.
When asked about giving advice to future superintendents just starting out in the industry, Hellem said, “Be patient and listen to the people around you. Make sure you manage your time wisely and get to know all the details of the job; if you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
This is an excerpt of the article “A Chat with Greg Hellem, Superintendent at Forté Specialty Contractors” which appeared in Construction Superintendent on June 22, 2016.