Bobby Torres, P.E. - Employee Spotlight!
Bobby Torres has been in the field of Civil Engineering for 26 years and had the fortunate opportunity to join KFW in 2014. These seven years have been the most enjoyable of Bobby’s career and appreciates the quality of people he gets to work with on a daily basis. Bobby is married to his wife, Lisa, add has three sons, Joseph (20), Joel (17) and Joshua (14).
Before working at KFW, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
In one of my 7th grade classes I learned to macramé. That summer I made plant hangars and sold them to many of my neighbors. If I remember correctly I made over a hundred dollars. Way back then that was a good amount of money for a kid of that age.
As a child, what did you want to be and how does it currently compare to your career?
Like most boys when I was very young, I wanted to be in the FBI or become a fighter pilot.. My dad and almost all of my uncles were in the military. My goal was to be the first officer in the family. In college while in the Air Force ROTC program, I discovered I was color deficient, what most people call color blind. Even though I had very good navigator test score my color deficiency eliminated the possibility of flying. My back up plan has been Civil Engineering since I was in 10th grade.
Is there any advice you would give your younger self and why?
There is a song I like that makes me think of my sons. It’s called “I hope you dance”. In the song there is a part that says “when given the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”. I say this because it emphasizes living life to the fullest.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like all types of sports and just competition in general. Currently, I enjoy playing my sons in pickle ball and corn hole, which is much better on the knees! I also trade in the markets, and have been doing it since my college days.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would live on three acres near a lake with a clear view of the sun rising and setting over the horizon.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
Professionally it would be working on the Pearl. I worked on that project consistently from 2001 to the end of 2013, prior to joining KFW. Hotel Emma was my favorite phase. This project means a lot to me because it was instrumental in transforming an abandoned, underutilized area of town into a vibrant, thriving and entertaining destination for locals and tourist alike. Personally, it would be helping my parents deal with all the events that have come their way in life since my father suffered a brain injury in 1997. Helping them maintain a certain standard of living has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. KFW has played a big part in `helping me make that possible. Thank you KFW!
Who inspires you?
My wife and three sons inspire me the most. They are the joys of my life. Lisa in particular continues to inspire me with her incredible love, faith and support in all I do. In her eyes “I can rope the moon”, how inspiring is that? I love you, babe.