The Evolution of TJ Wies, Part 1


     Hello once again. As we all know all too well, our world is a never-ending sea of change; almost everything around us varies on a daily basis. The speed of change that is occurring is increasing at a quantum rate. Our industry in particular has experienced more change in the last 10 years than in the prior 100 years. The most successful companies in this new world are the ones that create reasons for change, followed closely by those who embrace change.
     At TJ Wies Contracting, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of changes to our industry; adaptation and evolution has been part of our heritage from the start. With this being said, I am proud to announce some staffing changes and promotions that have occurred recently at
TJ Wies.
    Chris Sauer has been promoted to the position of Project Engineer. Chris started in the industry as an apprentice carpenter in 1997 straight out of high school and is a third generation carpenter. He joined the
TJ Wies family in 2000, and has been a carpenter foreman for us for the past 10 years. This new position is essentially a Project Manager apprenticeship whereby Chris will be assisting the estimators and project managers with various duties while learning the ropes. Chris has been married for five years to his wife Jackie, and has a son, Gavin (7), and a daughter, Romy (3). When not spending time with his family, Chris enjoys a round of golf.
    Cameron Wies has transitioned into an Estimator position. He is third-generation in the wall and ceiling industry. Cameron has worked for TJ Wies since he was 11 years old, when he was cleaning the warehouse and sorting metal studs. Cameron graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Business Administration in 2010, and worked for Baierl Demmelhuber, a general contractor in Munich, Germany, for two years. He returned to TJ Wies and has spent the last three years as an apprentice carpenter in Columbia and St. Louis. In addition to Estimator tasks, Cameron is also assuming the BIM/Total Station operations duties. With his TJ Wies responsibilities and his 1848 Benton Park house renovation, Cameron definitely has no free time. By the way, if you were wondering, yes, Cameron is my youngest son.
    We have experienced some departures as well. Rich Knaust, after 37 years in the wall and ceiling industry, has retired in order to spend more time with his children and grandchildren, tractors, and his wife Denise. Billy Marks has decided to explore an opportunity in the software side of the construction industry. We wish both Rich and Billy the best of luck in their new endeavors.
    Thank you for your time reading and thank you for your friendship to TJ Wies Contracting and our family, Stay tuned for my next newsletter, announcing some more exciting changes at TJ Wies, involving the evolution of TJ Wies leadership.

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