Spotlight on Bart Hughes

bart-h-spotlight-imageWhat department do you work in?
Electrical & Instrumentation

What’s your current position/title?
Lead Electrical Estimator

Where did you go to school?
CF Vigor, Mobile County Trade School, Bishop State

How long have you been with G.A. West?
December will be 14 years.

How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
Technology has changed and along with that so does our line of work. There are numerous examples of this from time-keeping to scheduling but the one that sticks out to me is estimating. Timberline is something I was not open to learning at first honestly, but looking at it today I am glad I did. Having everyone who estimates on the same program is surely a plus in my opinion.

Tell us about your job at G.A. West. 
It’s a challenge. It can be rewarding as well. But there is a lot more than just estimating that goes on. I am involved in schedules, cost control, billing, invoices, T & M work, RFI’s, change orders, and client relations. You have to wear multiple hats and be self-motivated to have a chance to be successful.

Tell us what a normal day at G.A. West look like for you.
A normal day for me can get pretty busy, which I like. Almost every day I am pricing something, whether it is for a project we are currently working on or a project we are bidding. But I like to have a schedule of what needs to be done, that way I stay on track.

Before working at G.A. West, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve had?
At a young age I went to work for my dad. It wasn’t always easy working with family. My 4 older brothers all work there and although most of my memories there are good ones, I learned very soon into it that it wasn’t for me. I think the decision I made to leave was the right one.

What is the one accomplishment or project at G.A. West that you are most proud of?
Probably the first project I estimated that we received a PO for. I still remember it vividly. I was anxious to see what the outcome would be once complete. It was gratifying to know that everything went great and actually done a couple more projects similar to that one. That was in the summer of 2006.

What do you enjoy most about working at G.A. West?
Just being part of a growing company can be challenging and fun at the same time. Working with multiple disciplines within the same company can help teach me things that I otherwise never would have known. That part will only get better as I get older.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Man I have so many. 1. Read, read, read, and read again if need be. 2. Try to eliminate assumptions. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Well, over the years I have worked around a lot of great smart people and learned a lot along the way. But the one that stands out to me the most is simple. “Think before you speak”. We’ve all heard that before but doing it is something different.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?
Not sure that I can recall any bad advice right off hand. I typically make my own mind up before I do something if I am responsible for it.

What 3 words would you use to describe G.A. West?
Driven. Growing. Dedicated.

What’s playing in your car right now?
Jamey Johnson was playing this morning when I pulled up.

What is the one thing you cannot do without?
Oxygen! And for that I am thankful.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Robert E. Lee. I enjoy civil war history and I would like to ask him what he was thinking at Gettysburg the summer of 1863.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Gumbo. So many different items in Gumbo. You could live a long time on that.

Tell us about your family & activities outside of work.
I have been married for 11 years, and I have 3 kids that I am crazy about. Clare 7, Catherine 5, and Bart II 19 months. My activities consist of coaching Tee-ball, bass fishing, and Auburn Football. I also enjoy working out and I play in an adult wiffle ball league. I am only inside if it’s raining, I’m sleeping, or eating.

What is your favorite movie of all time? Favorite song?
Movie- Saving Private Ryan, Tommy Boy, Song- John Mellencamp Jack & Diane, or Bon Jovi Living on a prayer.

What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Family Feud. Steve Harvey is a trip.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Somewhere like Rome, Sicily, or ancient Egypt. Maybe Normandy France and follow the same trail as General Patton and 3rd army in WW2.

If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be the title?
“The kali oka kid” That’s the name of the road where I grew up. Still live there actually.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Jean -Claude Van Damme.

People would be surprised if they knew:
I am a pretty good artist.