Juan Ayala embodies the signature traits that set The Anderson Company apart from its competition: commitment and experience. Ayala’s 22-year career with Anderson has seen him rise through the ranks as a laborer new to the industry, then to foreman, and today as the site superintendent for some of the company’s biggest and most important jobs.
Asked to explain how he scored a promotion to foreman after just six months on the job, Ayala, who hails from El Salvador, explained: “I’m a hardworking man! And I’m outgoing. They like my personality.”
Ayala’s son, who was just a toddler when his father started work with Anderson, is today a 23-year-old laborer learning the ropes at Anderson just the way his father did a generation ago. “He’s quieter than I am, but they like him,” says the proud dad. Ayala believes Anderson is the ideal employer for any individual who is eager to work and learn. “If you’re ambitious, this most definitely is a place you want to work.”
When his children were younger and the company experienced a slow Saturday (a rarity these days), Ayala would occasionally bring his four children along to see what their dad did for a living. “In a way, my kids have grown up with the company,” says Ayala. “They’ve been on job sites, they’ve met the people I work with, and there are all the company picnics and dinners that they’ve been a part of. This company really is like family. It’s wonderful to see the difference we make every day.”
As a site superintendent, Ayala has ultimate responsibility on a job site. Meaning that on any given day, he shows up early to run through the long checklist of people, equipment, site requirements, safety reviews, and other tasks and resources associated with the job. “It’s always changing and is always challenging, which is why I love the job,” he says.
By the time lunch rolls around Ayala usually has wrapped up paperwork from the previous day and is coordinating with his counterparts on the next day’s work. Asked to identify what he loves most about his work, Ayala says it’s watching the job site progress and evolve from one day to the next. “On a big job we might move 300 to 400 loads a day – this company moves a lot of dirt. It’s wonderful to see the difference we make every day. You get the sense that things are happening with this job, and not all jobs give you that.”
What did Ayala tell his son – and, for that matter, would he tell other prospective employees – about working for Anderson? “It’s a great company. If you’re proactive and want to learn, you can do anything here. And you’ll feel like you’re part of the family too.”