Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Colton Smoker!

Colton Smoker, Project Manager, High Construction Company, ABC Keystone YP Committee Member

Role you play in your organization:

As a project manager, I am responsible for creating and updating the job schedules with the subcontractors, managing the buyout process, writing contracts, change orders, and day to day challenges that may come up in the field. I have done a variety of projects including hotels, multifamily apartment living, and office buildings.

As a Young Professional, how has your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you? 

Colton Smoker Project Manager High Construction Company ABC Keystone YP Committee Member
Colton Smoker, Project Manager, High Construction Company, ABC Keystone YP Committee Member

Being involved in ABC Keystone and the Young Professionals Committee has allowed me to meet with many other people in the industry with whom I do not normally interact. I have learned a lot from the other members of the group, because we are all coming from different angles in the industry. I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from some people that have been in the industry for many years and hear how they have thrived in their careers, and found what I can take from that to improve my own career.

Why do you wake up and go to work every day?

I really enjoy working with everyone at High Construction Company. It is a great environment with people that are always willing to help me out when I need something, and we have fun together in this crazy world of construction. I also do it for my wife Julianne and my son Liam. It’s hard to leave them in the mornings, but I know it is helping us to live a great life together, and that makes it worth it.

Favorite or inspirational quote?

“I don’t live to work. I work to live.”
I constantly remember this quote when work is stressful or the job is not going well, because my happiness does not come from my work (even though I do enjoy it). My happiness comes from getting home and playing with my son and being with my wife. I still strive to do everything I can to make the job successful for everyone involved, but at the end of the day, I’m going home to my family. And that’s what truly matters, living.


Posted May 6, 2020