As Director of Business Development for our healthcare division, Owen Moore uses his 12 years of healthcare industry experience to grow our existing relationships with healthcare clients and secure new healthcare construction projects. Get to know more about him in just 8 questions.
1. What’s your current day-to-day look like?
It varies a lot. I’m still involved in operations but focus mostly on business development. I could be responding to an RFP or preparing myself or our team for an interview, building relationships with clients or networking at events, assisting in operations down at Children’s of Alabama where I’ve been involved since 2009. But a major part of every day is staying connected to our clients, architects, engineers, and trade partners so we maximize our opportunities.
2. What’s the one lesson you’ve learned in this industry that’s stuck with you?
Red Hyde was one of my mentors out of college. Legendary superintendent and a great person. He told me 12 years ago that if you show people with respect, they will respect you back. If you treat them the way you want to be treated, they will do the same and you never know when you will need a friend. I already knew this of course but something about his delivery and the way he lived as an example stuck with me.
3. What sets Healthcare projects apart from other types/market sectors?
I think it can be more challenging. From a building systems standpoint, it’s more intricate and complex than most projects. From a renovation perspective, it’s definitely more challenging especially when you are working in an operating facility. The infection control measures, shutdowns, logistics, etc. of those projects set themselves apart for sure.
4. What’s your most memorable project?
The Benjamin Russell Expansion at Children’s of Alabama most definitely. It was my first project out of school, and I was part of a huge team so I played a small part but that was and still is the largest healthcare project is the state of Alabama’s history. It changed the Birmingham skyline and has provided a place of healing for thousands of kids and their families around the world.
The relationships, by far.
I like the variability and watching how things change. Each project is different, brings different challenges, and gives you the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships. But I think what I like the most about working in healthcare construction is being able to step back and look at a building that will help people for many years — that you played a small part in delivering. There is purpose in that which brings pride and accomplishment.
7. How did you get started in the industry?
My grandfather was a carpenter as a hobby and taught me how to build and use tools. I always had a natural curiosity for how things were put together, so construction was a natural gravitation for me. I worked with my hands through my childhood and high school and picked Building Science as my major.
8. What’s your fondest or funniest memory from your time with Hoar Construction?
Probably the time Jerry Young Sr. brought a live goat into a trade partner meeting for Clayton Salmon to pay off a bet (the details of which won’t be mentioned) and rendered Clayton speechless — only time I’ve ever seen that happen. It’s a long story, but a good one!