We are excited to announce the acquisition of Vision Engineering & Planning, a transportation planning and engineering DBE firm with offices in Columbia, MD and Atlanta, GA.
Today we are excited to be highlighting Tony Montanaro and Charles Cochran! Tony is an assistant project manager with the Infrastructure Department, and Charles is a project manager with the Traffic Team. Both Tony and Charles are celebrating their 5 year Sainniversary this month! We sat down with both of them to learn more about what they do in and out of the office.
Q: What are your responsibilities in your role?
Tony- As assistant project manager I work with all aspects of design work and production, CAD production and design production but I also still have a toe in some of the project management roles, invoicing and billing.
Charles – As a traffic engineer I work on a variety of projects; everything from signal designs to traffic impact studies to safety studies, which are probably my favorite.
Q: How did you get into civil engineering?
Tony: At first I thought I wanted to be an architect because I had always loved to look at blueprints and plans. When I started the freshmen coursework at Auburn, I soon realized you have to be an artist to be an architect and I was not! I found other avenues that were more math and science focused, and civil engineering stuck out in that aspect. From there I didn’t have a civil discipline that I wanted to pursue, but transportation seemed to be the best fit and roadway design was something that came very naturally.
Charles: I thought about doing architecture as well, but I couldn’t draw a straight line….I was a lot better at math, so I went into engineering. Once I got into civil I narrowed it down to traffic. I saw that as the quickest way to help out the general public, improve safety and save lives.
Q: You share an office. How is that?
Charles: We have the best view in the office!
Tony: Just no tuna – that is the only rule.
Charles: The only problem is I have to come in and look at all of Tony’s Auburn stuff.
Q: What’s your favorite part of working for Sain?
Charles: We have a flexible work schedule and a family environment. I really like everyone I work with!
Tony: I think the family environment is key. From the Meads brothers at the top to everyone we work with on a daily basis, everyone seems to have a genuine interest in each other and want the best for each other, and not necessarily just in the workplace but outside of work as well.
Q: Who is your biggest role model?
Charles: My dad.
Tony: My biggest role model was a “second-father” that I had growing up.
Q: What words best describe you?
Charles: Easy going…
Tony: For me one word would be short, and for Charles is tall. I’m easy-going as well.
Q: What’s something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
Charles: I have grandma hobbies! I like to cook, and we have a little garden I like to work in. I grow peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Tony: I was the Bulldog Mascot for my middle school basketball team. I had ambitions of being a “friend of Aubie” at Auburn, but quickly realized I was too short and stocky for that.
What’s your favorite travel spot/vacation?
Charles: My wife and I love going to the beach. We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon and would love to go back to the Caribbean again.
Tony: We also love the beach. Last year we had the chance to go on a two-week vacation all over Italy. It was the trip of a lifetime, but I would love to go back again.
Q: What’s your favorite place in Birmingham?
Charles: I like to go to the local breweries, Cahaba and Good People. I also like to go watch the Barons at Region’s field.
Tony: Probably the golf course. Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley is my favorite. Also, local breweries and Top Golf.
Q: What are your hobbies?
Charles: I’ve already answered about my grandma hobbies. I also have a dog; an 8-pound Pomeranian.
Tony: Mostly just playing golf. I also have a newborn baby boy so not much time for hobbies.
Thanks Charles and Tony! We love having you on the Sain team and are so thankful for everything that you do!