Willie Ghilotti: Facilities Manager Recognition Award Winner for 2012

Willie Ghilotti receives Facilities Manager Recognition Award for 2012.

Co-owner and Facilities Manager, Ghilotti Construction Company, 246 Ghilotti Ave., Santa Rosa; 707-585-1221; www.ghilotti.com

Age: 34

Residence: Petaluma

Professional background: Facilities manager, Ghilotti Construction, 2010–present; foreman, Operating Engineers Union Local No. 3, 2000–present; Laborers’ Local 291, 1994–2000

Education: College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Ghilotti Construction Company University

Staff size: 5 in peak season; company employs 100 full-time, 350 in the peak season.

Describe the facilities you oversee: Buildings and construction yards at Ghilotti division offices in Santa Rosa, American Canyon/Napa, San Rafael, and Livermore; North Bay Construction facility in Petaluma during acquisition. Plus job-specific projects that require satellite yards, such as the new 49ers stadium site in Santa Clara, the new Sutter Health hospital site north of Santa Rosa, East Washington Plaza shopping center site in Petaluma.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am passionate about what I do and always perform to the best of my ability with all responsibilities, decisions and opportunities. I help drive growth, innovation, efficiency, safety and productivity. I set the bar for myself every day and always remember what this company was built on “hard work and dedication.” I strive to be the best because there is no alternative and am fortunate to be a part of such a great company and to be surrounded by a strong army of men and women and attribute my success to my fellow team members here. I am most grateful to the previous generations that have paved the way and made my success possible.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: There is so much to mention. I maintain each facility for operational purposes, ensure that the locations are state of the art, safe and organized in an ergonomic and efficient manner. I manage and juggle equipment and products to make sure jobs have what they need on a daily basis. As the purchasing agent, I make sure I get the best service from suppliers and products at a competitive price.

We have more than 50 jobs annually, and to ensure that each person, division, and job location has what is needed is challenging. Day to day, the needs of each changes and the ability to respond efficiently and timely is hard, but you learn to adapt and make it work. As many other facilities managers can attest to, my role at Ghilotti Construction extends beyond facilities management, and I welcome opportunities to grow and learn in other areas of responsibility.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being a dad to my new baby girl, Vivian, and my son, Jayden. Profession-wise, being involved in numerous projects, knowing I contributed to their completion, including Sears Point (Sonoma) Raceway, Hiddenbook subdivision, Mare Island subdivision, Mark West Rock Quarry, Highway 101 widening in Santa Rosa, Interstate 80 interchange at North Texas Street, numerous Discovery Builders projects, the new 49er stadium and Sutter hospital north of Santa Rosa, and Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon between Napa and Solano counties. One of the projects I am most proud of is helping my father and Stacy Magill, our chief financial officer, design the company’s new “green” office building, inside and out.

What is your biggest challenge today?: With the day-to-day demands and ongoing changing needs within my position, my biggest challenge is learning where and how to be the most productive. Focusing and not losing sight of goals and working to obtain them. Learning to use my time wisely, as well as manpower, wisely and efficiently.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?:Converting the entire company to various digital platforms. Implementing on- and off-road GPS systems on equipment to maximize accuracy and efficiency. Software utilization to capture real-time equipment, labor and job costs through HCSS heavy construction bid-estimating software.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: ToolWatch software allows us to manage and track thousands of pieces of tools and equipment, consumables and materials, as well as service, calibration, purchasing and receiving, job cost and billing.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Mark Breslin, chief executive officer of United Contractors Association, renowned speaker on construction leadership, strategy and labor-management relations and author of Alpha Dog and Survival of the Fittest, and Keith Ferrazzi, expert on relationship development, a world-renowned speaker, and New York Times best-selling author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back.

Current reading: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Most want to meet: Sun Tzu, Chinese general and military strategist who wrote The Art of War, and Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Stress relievers: Vacationing and hanging out with family and friends

Favorite hobbies: Snow skiing, riding dirt bikes, playing basketball, DJing

Words that best describe you: Fortitude, tenacity, passion, hard-working, loyal, no-nonsense, generous, detail-oriented, considerate, organized, patient, diplomatic, dynamic, motivated and driven

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: The most influential people in my life have been my grandfather Dino Ghilotti, my father, Richard Ghilotti, and my brother Dino Ghilotti.

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By Eric Gneckow, Jeff Quackenbush and Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporters

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