Being present with his family is a priority for Dave Minegar, and he says he tries to be off the phone when he’s not working.
Boise Project Manager and Former Stock Car Champ Wins Praise as a Leader and Mentor On and Off the Job
The Layton Way continues its spotlight on three Layton employees who were recently named Top Young Professionals by ENR Magazine. Today’s story: Dave Minegar from the ENR Mountain States divison.
The story of Dave Minegar’s foray into the construction industry is more exciting than most. You could say he literally raced his way in. Dave raced as a full-time stock car driver for 12 years, winning multiple races and track championships. He also began working on cars and selling parts, and when a client set up a race shop, they hired him to build his race team. The same client also owned a construction company, and since Dave was establishing a family, he was interested in a job with greater career growth opportunities. He began as a project coordinator and worked his way up to project engineer and then project manager. Although he didn’t begin with the same background as most people in the industry, Dave’s hard work, enthusiasm for learning, ability to admit what he didn’t know and ask the right questions quickly turned him into a skilled project leader. Dave also credits mentors and management who saw his potential and offered opportunities. His successes at his former company include the major achievement of establishing a special projects division.
Within a month at Layton, Dave began leading the company’s $20 million concrete package project on JUMP and Simplot World Headquarters in Boise. Despite the transition from leading seven small projects to leading one large project, Dave quickly found success through building strong relationships with his construction team. To him, it was natural to spend time on-site supporting and cheering on the crew. Management quickly noticed his skill for genuinely connecting with others and credit Dave’s approach to teamwork and project management as the key to this project’s successful completion.
At Layton, Dave is also known for the leadership and mentorship he shows fellow employees. New industry professionals can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of getting work done quickly to meet deadlines, but Dave makes conscious efforts to pause what he’s doing if it’s an opportunity for his project engineer to do something new or if it’s something he knows they may enjoy. He takes the time to know where each person on his team wants to go with their careers and gives each person responsibilities that align with their goals and helps coach them through the tasks. Efforts like this not only improve the strength of Layton as a company but improve the industry as a whole.
Dave spends several hours a week serving kids in his community. He has six and eight-year-old sons and when they first got involved in football, he noticed the coach could use some help. The following season, he volunteered as head coach. He says he’s happy to have the flexibility in his work to be able to be present, since he knows that isn’t possible for everyone. He’s been coaching now for three years, and volunteers for two football teams, two basketball leagues and two soccer teams each year. He knows how many kids also need a good father figure in their lives, so he enjoys being a role model, father figure and all-around good influence.
Being present with his family is also a priority. It’s important to Dave to spend quality time with his family and to be off the phone when he’s not working. He also recognizes that work-life balance is important in being the best employee possible; those with a good balance are happier, less stressed out and have higher energy and work ethic.
Dave also stays involved in racing by spotting for a couple of his racing buddies. The spotter communicates to the driver during the race, helping them navigate the race from a bird’s-eye view above the track. Dave still has his race car and is working toward getting it ready to race in the 2018 season. Now that his kids are old enough to assist, they can’t wait to help dad race again.
Dave’s Project Experience
Dave has spent over 10 years in the construction industry, with experience in commercial, retail, grocery, restaurants, health care and churches. Dave’s varied experience with new construction, remodels and tenant improvements has given him perspective to relate and effectively communicate with owners and customers throughout construction. Dave’s ability to connect with the entire project team while managing the schedule, budget, changes and personalities makes him an effective project leader.
After Dave’s work on his first Layton project, Simplot World Headquarters, he successfully managed the construction of two speculative industrial facilities for Strider Group; Beechcraft is a 54,000-square-foot tilt-up building, and Slipstream is 60,000 square feet.
“There’s no question in our mind that Layton is the ‘A’ team — with depth of knowledge, capacity, capital, and an ability to draw on unparalleled experience,” says Scott Thomson, Strider Group Principal. “What’s more important to us though, is that we aren’t just a job or a draw or a change order to Layton — we are a relationship to them. And we feel like Layton takes the long view of that.”
Strider was so satisfied with their experience and Dave’s leadership, that they have several other projects under construction with Layton, including:
Gowen Industrial Park – Boise, ID 20-acre site development, including three spec warehouses
Griffin Creek Office Building TI – Boise, ID: new Strider Group office building
Flamingo Building TI – Nampa, ID: Office building remodel and elevator installation
Beechcraft – Boise, ID: 54,000-square-foot distribution warehouse
Slipstream – Caldwell, ID: 60,000-square-foot industrial building, including full TI
Goosecreek Insurance Tenant Improvement – Nampa, ID
Dave’s other projects include:
Larry H. Miller Toyota Spokane – Spokane, WA
Simplot World Headquarters Concrete – Boise, ID: 10 Story Concrete Office Tower
JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) Underground Parking – Boise, ID