The Keeping it Real series is your chance to hear from Allen & Shariff staff on life, lessons, and leadership, straight from the trenches. Sometimes literally.
Name: David Price, PE, Senior VP of Engineering
Years at Allen & Shariff: 21 years
What’s the one skill that you would say is essential to being a great engineer?
The ability to listen.
What is the most innovative advancement you’ve seen in engineering since you first started your career? How has it affected the industry?
Revit. The 3D capabilities of these types of programs have exponentially improved the interaction between the architect’s vision and the engineer’s intent.
Describe something from your past (school, work experience, a mentor) that most influenced you to become an engineer.
When I applied for college, my intention was to obtain a math degree. During my summer orientation at West Virginia University, my mother happened to walk by the ‘Engineering’ table and had a conversation with the Dean of the college. She felt that engineering would be a better career for me, and I switched disciplines that day. The rest is history.
Pittsburgh weather: Love it or hate it?
Allen & Shariff is celebrating its 25th anniversary. What do you think has given this organization its staying power?
The people, the family culture, and the team approach to success.
What’s the #1 “rookie mistake” you see in those just starting out their career in your field? Explain.
The need to always communicate through email or text. Pick up the phone, have a conversation, start building a relationship.
What’s the single most important ingredient when it comes to a successful client relationship?
Friendships. I enjoy building them with the clients I work with. I want everyone I work with to be considered friend, not a business acquaintance.
How would you describe the company culture at Allen & Shariff?
If Allen & Shariff were a car, what kind of car would it be and why?
Jeep – Not the flashiest out there, but it’s dependable and gets the job done.
What book(s) are on your nightstand right now?