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Awesome Associates: Tyler Jendra (Chicago)
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school: I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. I originally went to Illinois Institute of Technology during my freshman year to play baseball. After needing elbow surgery during my freshman season, I decided to call it quits on baseball and transfer to the University of Iowa. I graduated from Iowa in 2018.
What drew you to this profession? I love a challenge. I’ve always had a knack for problem-solving.
What types of projects have you worked on? I’ve worked on the restoration of numerous parking garages, building facades, plazas, and the demolition of a large warehouse.
What’s your get-pumped song? “Let’s Go” – Run The Jewels
What do you like to do in your free time? I’m obsessed with weightlifting. I work out daily, so I’m not sure it’s even considered “free time” anymore. I also love fishing, golfing, going to concerts, and playing Xbox.
Have you read any good books lately? I’m not a big reader, but I listen to a wide variety of interesting podcasts like the Joe Rogan Experience.
What does your ideal vacation look like? A warm beach, a cold drink, and zero worries.
What was your first job? I worked at a company that delivered the bags of ice to stores or gas stations.
When I’m creatively stuck, I … Take a break.
What would be impossible for you to give up? The gym. I was told to take 2-3 weeks off after having my appendix removed last year. I was back in the gym 5 days later doing anything I could.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share? I met and talked to some players from the Indianapolis Colts on the dance floor of a random bar in Nashville.
Who or what inspires you? My parents inspire me. They always put everyone else first.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours? I joined WGI because it seemed like a perfect fit where I can continue to expand my knowledge and learn under great leaders.
Thanks for your time, Tyler. We’re excited to have you as part of the WGI team!
WGI is always looking for exceptional candidates to join our team. For an opportunity to work on exciting projects like Tyler, be sure to visit our careers page to learn more.
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