Team Highlight: William and Kyle
Renier’s internship program is a win-win for both the intern and the Renier team. The year-long internship builds the foundation for a career in construction management, and Renier often gains a full-time team member when the internship ends. Such is the case with William Thompson, project superintendent and Kyle Prince, project manager, who share their experiences as Renier interns.
How did you first learn about Renier? And why did you want to work here?
William: I heard great reviews about Renier through a family member. After meeting Tom Rice, senior vice president, we spoke about me being in school for construction management.
Kyle: I found a list in Columbus Business First of the top general contractors who had completed the most work in the past year. Renier was on that list, and it felt like a place I could fit into and grow.
How did the internship program at Renier set you up for success?
William: It laid the foundation for everything I know and gave me the experience I needed to be successful in the field.
Kyle: I worked with the project managers closely to understand and help with their day-to-day tasks, as well as the beginning and ending processes of projects.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
William: Seeing a project come together from start to finish, and all of the chaos in between.
Kyle: Working with a great group of people. Also, the sense of accomplishment I feel when the clients let us know how much they appreciate our work and knowing they’re satisfied with the end product.
Which three words would you use to describe the culture at Renier?
William: Loyalty, respect and integrity.
Kyle: Teamwork, integrity and commitment.
When you aren’t working, how do you like to spend your time?
William: When I’m not working, I enjoy working out, fishing, and playing recreation league football with my friends.
Kyle: I spend my time with my wife and our 16-month old son. If I have time for anything else it’s usually visiting friends and family, updating the house, going to the movies or playing video games.
Tell us one thing about you most people don’t know.
William: While in the Marine Corps, I was deployed to Afghanistan two times, for a total of 13 months overseas.
Kyle: I had a near death experience when I was young. I had a severe asthma attack while at daycare. Luckily, the daycare is directly adjacent to a fire station that had paramedics on duty and they immediately drove me to the hospital. If it wasn’t for the lady working at the daycare center that day who sprinted across the parking lot while carrying me to the fire station I may not be here today. The doctors thought a guinea pig that had been in the room that day sparked the attack.