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While staying dedicated to his clients, RJM’s Alec Schwab advanced through a variety of roles in his nine years at the company

August 22, 2022

25th Anniversary Spotlight Series


Tell us how long you have been with RJM and how did you start your career here? 

I have been with RJM for nine years. I started my career as an apprentice carpenter and worked my way up to superintendent. I first learned about RJM while growing up in North Branch and passing by RJM’s construction projects there. I had always been curious about the company from seeing the sites, and when RJM was hired to build the Chevy Dealership in North Branch my dad happened to be working at the dealership and called now retired RJM superintendent Bill Brickzen. Soon after, I joined the team as an apprentice carpenter.


What has your career path looked like at RJM

I have built my career at RJM by advancing through a variety of roles starting out as apprentice carpenter to journeyman carpenter, foreman carpenter, assistant Superintendent and then to my current role as superintendent (December 2021).  My path at RJM shows the opportunities that were available to me. I have always been the type of person who likes to challenge myself and do more than what I am asked to do, so this has worked out well for me.

What are your three largest or most high-profile projects during your tenure, and what was the most memorable aspect of working on those jobs?  

My most memorable projects have been Portland Towers, Andover Community Center/YMCA and the Plymouth Community Center. The most memorable aspect of these is the uniqueness of each project and our ability to meet all the different requirements. There are so many ways to successfully run a project and construct a building, but we are always driven by cost effectiveness and reaching our client’s goals.


How has working at RJM contributed to your professional development goals? 

Every person has room to grow, and there is always something new to learn in construction. RJM has done a great job putting me in situations to do both.


What is the most significant change you have witnessed about RJM over the years? Or, what is the thing that has always remained the same? (Example: teamwork, camaraderie, etc.)   

One thing that has always remained the same is every single employee at RJM is very dedicated to keeping great relationships with the clients.


What does it mean to surpass client expectations? 

To me it means to give a client more than they expect. This stems from the amount of pride you have with the work you do for them.

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