Juan Rodriguez is a commercial development Project Manager with an insatiable appetite for learning and growth at KFW. Never satisfied with an 8-hour workday, Juan is often last to leave the office and first to arrive—we might as well buy him an office sleeping bag.
Why did you choose civil engineering?
Honestly, I don’t know. My career started in architectural design and that’s what I wanted to pursue early on. However, when I was first exposed to civil engineering, I found it intriguing and was instantly hooked. I guess in a way civil engineering chose me. Hehe.
What do you like most about civil engineering?
I truly enjoy the business end a lot more than the technical aspect of civil engineering. I enjoy assisting clients make deals, select property for development, and negotiate a purchase price.
Before working at KFW, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a ton of jobs but none as interesting as what I do now. The most unusual job I ever held was working with my grandfather harvesting watermelons in a watermelon farm.
Tell us about your hobbies and interests outside of work.
If I had to pick one, I’d select photography. I’m self-taught, and I’m still learning. I enjoy finding patterns to buildings and their intricate relationships to their surroundings. But at the end of the day, I end up taking photographs of just about anything that catches my eye.
When I’m not taking a good picture, I go to the gym. Recently, I started rock climbing during my trips to Phoenix.
Oh yeah, don’t tell Steve! Below you can find some of my handy work.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Even a fool learns something once it hits him” – Homer
What is your goal while working for KFW?
To own a piece of KFW
Juan has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become the Project Manager he is today. Looking back, he would tell his 13-year-old self “to get ready for the journey he is about to embark.” We’re lucky his journey led him to KFW. Juan “The Rock” Rodriguez is a pillar of the KFW family and an invaluable asset to the team and our clients.
"Whether it’s the number of hours he’s put in working nights and weekends, or the thousands of miles he’s traveled for our clients, Juan’s drive to succeed and dedication to KFW is second to none. However, those aren’t the reasons Juan exemplifies a great leader. It’s the pure enjoyment he takes in his job that makes others around him love working with him. Even on his most demanding and chaotic days, you’ll still hear his very recognizable laugh (at a joke that he probably told) all the way on the other side of the office. - Josh York