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Jonathan Thrasher

Jonathan Thrasher


Spartanburg, SC USA

"Our minds are not fixed. We can grow and improve and learn new things."

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Jonathan's work combines: Engineering, Business, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Operations Manager - Construction Services

I lead a team of engineers and technicians that help construction projects get built in accordance with plans and specs.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Civil Engineering (Structural Concentration)

    The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Operations Manager - Construction Services:

Bachelor's Degree: Civil Engineering (Structural Concentration)

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    It took me a long time to graduate college because I worked full time to support myself.

  • 2.

    I graduated during the recession and only received a professional offer because I had worked for the company as a technician.

  • 3.

    I moved multiple times to be able to obtain promotions.

  • 4.

    During the twists and turns, I tried to focus on working for good people and good companies, although I didn't always guess correctly.

  • 5.

    At a point I turned down an opportunity for management so I could grow technically. It allowed me to work under a manager whose advice I still use.

  • 6.

    Later, two years ago, I lost my job. It was both the worst time in my career but also the best because I was able review my goals and join a company with which I believe I can finish my career.

  • 7.

    Due to the loss of my job, I initially didn't go back into management. S&ME gave me a position that fit my immediate goals and constant support.

  • 8.

    Thanks to the culture at S&ME though, I realized I was still right for leadership and went back to it a year go, being promoted to my current position.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    An introverted engineering mind can't learn to lead people.

  • How I responded:

    Our minds are not fixed. We can grow and improve and learn new things. I went into engineering because I wanted to be part of design and construction of the built environment. I later realized the greatest impact we can have is to help others achieve their goals. It's that purpose that got me past the noise and my own self-doubt as a leader.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I didn't have much in the way of financial aid in college and I didn't want to take loans. So, I worked my way through school as a technician, working full time and going to college full time. It was very difficult but very rewarding.