Featured Employee: Kevin EshShare
Finance Manager Kevin Esh splits his time between estimating construction projects and keeping track of Weaver’s fiscal state. Kevin grew up working over the summer in a family construction business, and that kindled his interest in making it a career. His favorite hobbies include backpacking and road cycling. Read on to learn about what makes Kevin unique in the office and in life.
What is an average day like for you on the job?
There’s usually a lot I’m juggling, that I think about throughout the day. I try to make sure all of the jobs I’m estimating are moving forward. I also oversee accounts receivable and accounts payable to make sure everything is flowing right.
What do you like most about your work?
I like the variety. I’m on both ends of the company. I really enjoy the estimating which is the frontline, getting future work for the company. The finance side of my role is on the backside of the company. I really enjoy preparing the monthly financial reports. Seeing how much money Weaver made in a given month feels like success.
What do you like least about your work?
Definitely the technical stuff. Whether phones aren’t working or if computers are freezing, I’m always the first guy people come to for anything. It seems like it always happens when I’m right in the middle of a big project, like a bid or my monthly financials.
How do you work to improve your skills?
I’m always trying to think of better ways to do things — I’m never quite satisfied with how we’re doing it now. I’m constantly intrigued when I see an app or promotion and what that has to offer us. I have a strategic position where I can implement software or influence things. I’m also taking some financial classes on the side—just for some extra resources.
What did you learn from spending your summers working in construction?
That’s where I learned all of my hands-on knowledge. I went to Weaver straight out of school, so I’m extremely grateful for that experience. I learned how to work hard, and I had some great foremen that taught me a lot of what I know.
Do you have a favorite project?
Probably the Rittenhouse Square Penthouse in Philadelphia. That was the first job we did in Philly of that magnitude, and I took the lead on estimating. I remember working late, late nights trying to get the bid together and making these massive spreadsheets the owner wanted. I did some intense work up front. To be awarded the job and see how it turned out, was great. I have a lot of pride in that project. It also spearheaded a lot of other work we’ve done in Philly.
What is it like to work at Weaver?
It’s a strong team atmosphere. Everyone’s voice is always heard. It’s a very empowering culture. Whatever it takes, the owners want to do it for us. Whether it’s the latest equipment or the latest software, they empower us to succeed.
What’s your family like?
My wife Sarah and I have been married for almost 8 years. We have two foster children: a seven year-old son and a one year-old daughter. They’re biological siblings. He’s been with us for a year and a half, and she’s been with us since birth.
We have lots of animals around the house too. I don’t know if I’d call it a farmette, but we have goats and chickens, and steers and horses.
Where’s your favorite place to backpack?
The Appalachian Trail is what I’ve done the most. It started when I was a kid. Me and my dad would go on the weekends and try to get the whole state of Pennsylvania accomplished one weekend a year, over many years. I don’t think we ever got it, but we had fun. My wife also likes to backpack. We’re talking about getting back out there this summer with the kids.
What type of bicycle do you have?
I have an all carbon-fiber Raleigh. Riding is something I thoroughly enjoy and have done a lot of over the years. There’s nothing like getting out, having a good road bike and strong air pressure tires, and just cruising.