Expert_ Matt Kelly

Expert Spotlight: Matt Kelly

It’s been about a year since Matt joined Nave Newell as our Survey Department Manager. We caught up with him to find out how it’s been going and what he’s been up to so far. But first, let’s get to know a little bit about Matt:

If you weren’t a surveyor, what would you be? Probably an attorney or a used car salesman. I can talk a lot!

Favorite way to relax on the weekend? Fishing

Favorite vacation destination: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, National Park in Colorado

Favorite food: Thai, big Thai food fan

Favorite quote: Spock from Star Trek 2 Wrath of Kahn – “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

Places you’ve lived: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland

Tell us a little about your job and the survey department at Nave Newell.

Day-to-day I come in and manage the workload and the field crew(s). I get the staff set up on projects, priorities, deliverables and our upcoming schedule. Of course, in my job I’m also dealing with proposals, crazy deeds/plans that you need a linguistics degree to comprehend, and of course your occasional angry neighbors.

Fortunately for me, I get to stay sharp on some technical work like solving boundary surveys, calculating the stakeouts on the construction staking and reviewing title reports. I am also fortunate to have a great group of people that I work with. I really try to help people succeed, and try and put people in my department in the best position to succeed. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, present company included, it’s important to identify these strengths and weaknesses, to put people in a position to succeed and grow, while still addressing and overcoming deficiencies.

What’s been your favorite project so far?

Personally, the Woodbine Apartment project in Downingtown has been my favorite. We’re currently providing construction stakeout services for this project, which Nave Newell engineered. I have a pretty strong construction background, and I still feel very comfortable with the construction side of things. While my role now is more managerial, I still have a desire to stay sharp on the technical aspects and some of the nuances in construction staking. This project gives me an opportunity to be a little more hands-on and share my knowledge with the rest of my department. I’m really trying to help Nave Newell become a bigger player in the construction stakeout world and this project has been a great opportunity for Nave Newell thus far.

What do you like about Nave Newell that’s unique from previous companies?

Prior to this job, I was working 55-60 hours/weeks, under a lot of stress. While interviewing and in the honeymoon phase, many companies talk about work-life balance, but it’s not always a reality. Nave Newell is the first company that actually delivered on the promise of a work-life balance. That means a lot.

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