When Charles Green was taking a class at Columbia University on construction management, he met a few people working at Mortenson.
“That chance meeting evolved into conversations about the construction industry and all of the opportunities that were available at the time,” Green recalled. “I took a chance at learning something new, trusting that I could transfer skills and experiences from other industries into the construction industry and with Mortenson.”
Green, who has been at Mortenson for more than five years, said that every day brings new obstacles to overcome. “This career utilizes all of my problem-solving abilities,” he said. “It helps having an amazing team to help brainstorm ideas and keep pushing innovative ideas forward.”
Green credits his mentors for helping him get to where he is today.
“Randy Crump of Prism Technical offered me my first internship in a construction-adjacent field,” Green said. “He helped show me the different opportunities the construction industry had to offer. Randy has been mentoring young engineering students in the Milwaukee area for decades, and I wouldn’t have discovered this career path or passion without his influence.”
Lauren Giannini, marketing coordinator at Mortenson, said Green has worked on several important projects for the company, including the Center for Advanced Care at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and Lodge Kohler.
“He has completed dozens of small renovations for both Froedtert and Advocate Aurora,” Giannini said. “Charles has also completed inpatient pharmacy renovations at both Froedtert and St. Luke’s Hospitals — the two largest hospitals in Milwaukee County.”
Green has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for about two years, and spends much of his time tutoring. He also makes it a point to get kids out of their neighborhood “bubbles” to experience new things.
“One of my passions is mentoring,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the many mentors and role models I had growing up. That’s why I spend time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters.”