Albion New Employee Spotlight: Brian Cunningham
“Hire really good, smart people, and get out of their way.” – Brian Newsome, Albion Chief Executive Officer
You may remember this quote from our blog post: “The Untold Story of Albion.” In light of Brian’s ability to find and retain the industry’s top talent, I wanted to spotlight our incredible team here at Albion. Each month, we will virtually introduce you to a member of our team. I look forward to chatting with my teammates about their interest in the construction industry, hobbies outside of work, and more. In this month’s ‘New Employee Spotlight’, we are introducing you to one of our new Preconstruction Managers, Brian Cunningham.
Get to know a little bit more about Brian Cunningham, an outstanding estimator with an impressive background. Brian is also an exceptional leader – having just been named Young Leadership Program’s 2021 Member of the Year for his remarkable contributions to the program. We have definitely enjoyed having Brian’s quick wit, dedication and hard work here at the office! I asked Brian a few questions about his life in and outside of Albion:
What made you interested in working for a general contractor?
Mainly the long days and the stress. My life prior to working at a GC was too easy. Just full of free time for hobbies and vacations, so I knew something had to change.
What is your professional background (colleges, degrees, past job experience, etc.)?
I joined the US Coast Guard out of high school and completed basic training in New Jersey in February doing push-ups in snowdrifts. I spent probably the best 3+ years of my life stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Willow – a football-shaped ship homeported in Newport, RI – where we patrolled the coast of New England six months out of the year. When I got out of the Coast Guard, I worked at a truck dealership repairing diesel engines and service writing for several years before joining Dennis Taylor & Company as an equipment dispatcher in 2011. While working there I took online/night classes and got a degree in Journalism/Professional Writing from Georgia Perimeter College, which I never have and likely never will use. I transitioned to preconstruction in the GC realm in 2014 and haven’t looked back since.
What’s your proudest career moment?
Serving as chair of the AGC’s Young Leadership Program was the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve ever had and being selected as 2020-2021 Member of the Year was a huge honor for me.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d like to spend a day with Anthony Bourdain. Eat at his favorite places, drink, and talk about everything from food and travel to philosophy and combat sports. The man was just a legend.
What is your favorite food?
Any meal I cook and enjoy with my family, but also burritos.
What is your favorite TV show?
This is too much like choosing which of your children you love the most but forced to answer at gunpoint I’d say Deadwood.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy backpacking, camping, and fly fishing, and I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 9+ years.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Visiting southeastern Utah in the spring of 2019 was the most memorable trip of my life. It’s just unlike anything I had ever seen before having stayed almost exclusively on the east coast.
What is your favorite sports team?
The University of Georgia Bulldogs (2021 National Champions – you heard it here first)
Thank you, Brian! We absolutely love having you on board!