BG Spotlight: Scott Ward
Scott is a very important member of our team and we are proud to feature him in this spotlight interview!
Q: How many years have you been working with Benchmark Group?
A: I started with BG in March of 2009 so approximately 6 ½ years.
Q: Tell us about your role with BG.
A: I am the Vice President in charge of production. As a member of the Senior Management Team, I am involved in the overall management of the company. I also work closely with the Accounting Department in support of BG’s invoicing and collections process. Currently, I am filling the role of Director of Marketing, where I oversee all production and marketing activities at BG.
Q: What are the most important decisions you make as a leader at Benchmark Group?
A: I am responsible for placing production staff in their leadership roles. Also right now I am leading a campaign to create a one year, five year and ten year strategic plan in collaboration with the production staff. It is a companywide endeavor with multiple small group meetings and the creation of an oversight committee. This process will help us to create a work environment that is inspiring, inquisitive, innovative / creative, that is diverse in background & thought, develops trusted working relationships / partnership, through collaboration, supports our passion for the profession, committed to our clients, and empowers us to be thought leaders.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working here?
A: I enjoy working with the staff to produce successful projects and grow the firm.
Q: Can you name a person who had a tremendous impact on you as a leader and why?
A: It is really hard to name just one person. Over the past 40 years, I have been influenced by many great people. My Gramma who showed me the value of compassion. My Uncle who helped me focus my life and was an amazing counselor through some difficult times. And Tony Hawk who is currently my executive coach and helping me to continue to improve my leadership skill set. The one person who has been present through all of my life and is my cornerstone is Jesus Christ. His watch care has been constant and his example of Servant Leadership inspiring.
Q: Can you give us some examples of ongoing innovation within Benchmark Group – either in architecture, engineering or both?
A: Production staff of both engineering and architecture have process reviews so that best practices are shared and implemented on an ongoing basis. Our leadership is always anticipating and seizing new opportunities to add services.
Q: When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: Spending time with family is my greatest joy. I also like to read and when time permits do some painting and sketching. I love the outdoors and like to go hiking in the Ozark hills.