Patrick O’Connor to Write Next Chapter…
Patrick Brendan O’Connor began working with Jim Nichols in 1974. In 1983, Patrick became the very first Associate of a new firm called Nichols (3), Inc. – and since then Patrick has been a trusted resource sharing his skill, pride, trust and infinite knowledge with us as we enter our 30th year in the construction business – now as Nichols Construction Team. Patrick has been an absolute asset to this company for nearly four decades and on December 31, 2012 Patrick will be retiring from Nichols Construction Team.
While we are saddened to see him go, we remain grateful for the many contributions he has made through his unwavering dedication to the Team and clients. As Patrick moves forward into his next chapter – whatever he chooses to do – we all know that he won’t be idle. It’s impossible to say goodbye to Patrick. So we won’t. We’ll only say “Thank You” in the most heartfelt way possible.
Historically, there’s been a lot of attention focused on Jim, Brad and myself – our projects, achievements, and awards. It’s the way things seem to work. The construction owners get their names in the headlines and on the plaques. In my case, it has always felt uncomfortable because we have the word “Team” in our name.
In truth, all successful companies are created through the efforts of many. And in our case, 38 years of growth and solid reputation have had one element in common: the contributions of Pat O’Connor. Pat was there before Brad and me. Pat is still here after Dad’s passing and Brad’s retirement. In that time, there are so many of us who have known Patrick as a mentor, confidant, resource and construction professional. Patrick has a capacious mind that is always problem solving. That’s one of the many joys of working with him. There’s never a day goes by when he doesn’t have ideas to solve a construction project challenge – and a commitment to making sure that the ongoing agenda is advanced. Patrick’s craft skills are legendary. His estimating skills are proven by the cornerstone of millions of square feet of construction projects. We have also come to know him as a friend. And a better friend cannot be found. But the most enduring legacy Pat will leave us is his quality as a person.
All that Nichols Construction Team has aspired to be in terms of Culture, Professionalism, Skill, Pride and Integrity are manifested in Patrick. He has been our rock, our beacon. Quiet. Modest. Constant. We’ve only got a few weeks left with the man in the corner office. So let’s all bombard him with as much love as we can. But wait until later; he’s got a bid due at noon!
Patrick, we are really going to miss you!
Read: 12/10/2012 Press Release