We are continuing the series of celebrating our Leapley family.
Having worked with our President Meredith Leapley and her father before that, Senior Project Manager Charlie Carter has been around the block in the construction business. Just ask him about any kind of structural system or how to layout a complex floor pattern and he will regale you with stories on best practices. His experience ranges from small renovation projects to big restacks with CNN, The Weather Channel, the Coca-Cola Company, Travelport, Verizon, Wendy’s-Arby’s, to name a few.
Q & A with Charlie
30 years with the Leapley family, how does that make you feel?
It feels like I have been adopted by this great family and just love working for them all these years.
Tell me a story about Leapley (it can be about anything – funny, happy, inspiring) that springs to mind.
The first time I met Dennis’s (Meredith’s father) family in a social setting was at a Christmas party Dennis had at his home for the employees, I saw his daughters running around having fun and I knew then that at some point Meredith was going to be a leader and was a force to be reckoned with. She came to work at her father’s company in the field and I think she really enjoyed it and all of the different parts of this business. Now look at her, she’s the best boss ever.
Describe your position at Leapley. What is your favorite part about your job?
My current position here is Senior Project Manager and I really enjoy organizing the projects and seeing them through to the end. I think the most fulfilling part of what I do here is working with all of the field forces and passing along what I have learned over my long career.
What, if anything, did you learn in the first year you worked here?
I learned the importance of organizing a varied group of people to work for the same goal and maintain a high level of quality. That’s how you get repeat clients and clients that want to work with you.
Now for the personal questions, where did you grow up? Have you always been in Atlanta?
I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, and lived there until I was 16 years old, then moved to Atlantic City, NJ, for a couple of years. My father got a work transfer and we ended up in the Washington, D.C. area. Graduated high school and went into construction (family tradition). Moved to Atlanta in 2002 and the rest is history.
How does someone get on your good side?
Be honest and forthcoming. No BS. Work hard—Play hard
Name one thing about yourself most people don’t know.
Some people know that I play tournament poker, but most don’t know the level that I play at. I have played in two WSOP events and cashed in one and will be playing in a WPT event this coming fall.
Favorite weekend activity?
Take your pick – work, golf or poker
What song do you get stuck in your head the most often?
Anything by Lionel Richie