“Versatile Voices” blog series highlights our incredible team at Versatile, including their impressive breadth of expertise and skills. Versatile’s employees have a range of fascinating life experiences; from industry authors to trombone players and scuba divers, from data scientists and firemen to superintendents and project managers.
This employee spotlight series aims to highlight the talented individuals who contribute to this special workplace culture in construction technology. For this month’s interview, we speak with Chris Perkins, director of industry intelligence and innovation at Versatile.
How long have you been with Versatile?
I joined Versatile at the beginning of 2021. The time has certainly flown by.
What motivates you?
We can each make a difference no matter how large or small. I fondly believe it’s the small contributions and efforts that matter the most as they compound to greater success. All highly complex projects, processes, and operations are executed with teams each making small contributions to the collective whole.
What does your job entail?
Over my 15+ years in the industry, most of which was spent at a major multi-national EPC company, I served in many different roles across the globe on a variety of projects and operational environments. I started as a design engineer working through to overall project management of mega lump sum EPC projects.
At Versatile, I collaborate, advise, and serve our teams with industry knowledge by understanding and translating our customers’ challenges and their respective focused sectors of business. Many times customers have shared challenges that I encountered when I was in the industry. Those shared experiences offer an opportunity to provide valuable insight using the data Versatile captures.
At Versatile, I collaborate, advise, and serve our teams with industry knowledge by understanding and translating our customers’ challenges and their respective focused sectors of business.
-Chris Perkins, Director of Industry Intelligence and Innovation, Versatile
What inspired you to pursue this career?
In my past roles, valuing, implementing, and leveraging technology was a key aspect to improving the methodologies by which we executed our work. I passionately believe in moving the industry forward to improve controls and drive more predictable outcomes. Our solution is pivotal in two areas of the future in execution – IoT and AI.
What’s the first thing you do when you start working every day?
I review what the day looks like and set priorities to serve the needs of others similar to a plan-of-the-day and addressing current challenges. My typical “pick me up” was a field walk, but these days I’ll admit I reach for caffeine on occasion to kickstart the POD.
What’s your approach to navigating work challenges?
Listen and practice empathy. Every one of us has challenges we run into every day. Being there for anyone professionally, or personally, starts with listening and shifting our own perspective. It’s only then we can truly process and understand how to collaboratively move forward.
What’s the best career advice someone has given you?
I’m extremely grateful to have worked with many truly amazing people and they have impacted who I am today. Firstly, every team needs diversity and a varying set of skills. This enables more ideas and better results collectively. Secondly, the “5P’s”: passion, purpose, pragmatism, patience, and persistence. Lastly, trust and transparency with those we work with.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was a firefighter for seven to eight years and felt a great sense of purpose giving back to the community. I left the field after some close calls when I realized how emotionally difficult it can be for those who care for you.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I’m an avid diver and hiker, so anywhere to explore on those fronts is an adventure in my book. A few favorite spots are located in Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Belize, and Bonaire. I look forward to visiting Fiji!
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Wake up with the intent to be the best version of yourself with a passion to be “better than yesterday.” We all have good and bad days; it’s how we move forward.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
I love the outdoors and sports. Whether it’s camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, skydiving, scuba diving, canoeing, or recreational sports – I am always open to participating. I love sports, mostly college football and professional baseball, but I’ll watch just about any event if invited.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t working at Versatile?
If it were less technical, I’d love to one day be able to live elsewhere, own a dive shop and/or a small restaurant while interacting with folks from all walks of life on their holiday during and after a day on the water. On the side, I’d hope to serve the local community as a volunteer firefighter if the need and opportunity was there!
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