By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development Development, talking about coming to work for Straub Construction.
I am Joe Riedel. And, I am the newest and already one of many proud members of Straub Construction.
Born in Denver, CO, I spent my formative years growing up in Central and Western Kansas – close to where my parents were born and raised. I graduated from Kansas State University in 1999, where I worked my way through college. The jobs I had in Manhattan prepared me for my career just as much as the classes I took. I am a firm believer in “hands on” learning and the School of Hard Knocks.
After graduation, I began my professional career as a recruiter for Aerotek in Kansas City. I continued my career at Aerotek for the next 17 years. While there, I worked with world-class individuals and held a variety of positions, including overseeing Business Development for Aerotek’s Federal portfolio across a 6-state region. I am grateful for the crazy amount of experience I gained in those 17 years.
Leaving a company after that much time is not at all something I took lightly. I wouldn’t have left for just any job. I had done plenty of research on Straub Construction well before I met with the Leadership team. And it was those people who made me very confident it was time to start a new chapter of my life. Straub is an organization of highly talented people, and I was hooked from the beginning. I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a part of, and WIN with this team!
Outside of work, I am all family, all the time. My wife, Marcy, and I have 3 crazy, wonderful children – Reece (10), Joey (7) and Reagan (3 ½). Life is NUTS at the Riedel household. Our kids are very (oh, what’s a positive word for it…) “active”. Toys and sports equipment all over the house, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. #Blessed. Marcy is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and at the top of her game – both in her career and at home. At times, she feels as though she is raising FOUR children in our household.
What it means to be the Director of Business Development at Straub Construction
I am now a little over a month into my role as the Director of Business Development. The greatest challenge so far has been wrapping my arms around Straub’s 97-year legacy as a General Contractor in Kansas City. But, luckily for me, this job comes with a “Phone A Friend” card that links me directly to Ernie Straub III who can bail me out when needed!
For any Business Developer to be successful, you must be passionate and truly believe in your product or service. That is where my job gets easier. It didn’t take long at all to realize the quality of Project Managers and Superintendents we have here. At the end of the day, it’s that group of people who are going to deliver on our promises to our customers. I have full confidence in them, as well as the outstanding people that make up our Pre-construction team.
I am so honored and excited to be a part what the future holds for me and this great company. If you are an Owner, Architect, or Engineer… be prepared. I will be calling you (if I haven’t already.) I look forward to sharing Straub’s history and capabilities with you. And gratitude, for any opportunity where you trust us to be a part of your projects.