“From the time I was in seventh grade until I graduated high school, we were at war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” recalls Landon Longgrear, “I felt compelled to serve, and I intended on making my career in the military.”
Building Life and Career Experiences
As a part of the Marine Corps, he began an officer program and started school. While he enjoyed it, he decided to pause school so that he could deploy before war ended. Ultimately, he would go on a combat deployment in Afghanistan.
After his time in the Marines, Landon completed his bachelors in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University. It was a transitional time as he graduated college, married, and started a family before going back to school to study business.
“There was a lack of business knowledge in the ministry organizations I was a part of…I thought that I could help bridge that gap at the organizations I was involved with, so I went back for my masters in management.”
Ultimately, Landon’s career ambitions lead him down a path to the construction industry, where he could leverage his wide array of experience, “I like the nature of the industry. It is fast paced, multifaceted and team oriented. I wanted to become a part of it,” he says.
Landon started in our preconstruction group, but is now a project engineer.
He thrives in fast paced, team-oriented scenarios. “I’m glad that I started my career in the industry in preconstruction. I think it’s important to understand the dynamics of where and how a project starts.”
Many of the project management skills he learned in the Marines are in use today, “You identify your mission, begin planning and execute. You solve problems on the fly, complete your endeavor and learn from it in preparation for the next one.”
Landon enjoys the people and culture at Beck the most, “Beck is really about the pursuit of excellence. We’re working to be change agents rather than reactive to things that others are doing. Innovation and creativity are embedded in everything we do here. I’m grateful to be working in an environment like that.”
Outside of Beck, Landon builds furniture, designs small projects and enjoys being active. His favorite thing to do, though, is spend time with his wife and one-year-old daughter.