Anniversary Story

The Climb

Tony Casares
Tony Casares

In 1995, Tony Casares left his position with a drywall contractor to join HITT as a carpenter. It was immediately clear that Tony was a capable team member with strong construction skills. But what made him stand out early on was his thirst for learning, knowledge, and responsibility; this desire has only grown as he’s made his career at HITT.  

Tony was promoted to foreman in 1999, but his aspirations were far greater. “Since starting with HITT, I knew there was a career path for me here,” said Tony, “and I was confident superintendent would be my next step.”

Only a year later, Tony was promoted again, this time to superintendent. While in this role, John Britt (now an executive vice president) mentored Tony, exposing him to project management in addition to site operations. Tony knew then that his journey at HITT wouldn’t culminate as a superintendent—he set his sights set on becoming a project manager.

Moving from superintendent to project manager is unusual, but that didn’t discourage Tony. During the next 15 years, he took almost every internal training class offered by HITT institute – nearly 50 courses. He sought industry training, and sharpened his already strong computer skills to build his knowledge of budgeting, scheduling, and estimating.

“This company empowers its team members,” said John Britt. “Tony’s story is a prime example of the resources and encouragement accessible to everyone at HITT. Like Tony, we want our people to pursue and achieve their career goals.”

In 2015, Tony was given the opportunity to transition from site operations, becoming a project manager. He now works in Commercial Services, working on Client service projects. His unique career path provides his Clients the value of both knowing how to price work, and how to build it.

“It’s almost like I’m back to my roots,” said Tony. “But even now I’m still evolving; there is still so much to learn. I know that I wouldn’t be here, though, without the support and encouragement of my wife. She’s believed in me each and every step of the journey.”

It takes perseverance on the inside and encouragement from those around us to take as many leaps of faith Tony has. He set objectives, achieved milestones, and with a lot of sweat equity, reached his goal. The idea of the career ladder may look different to each of us, but his climb inspires each of us to keep building, keep dreaming.