We are pleased to announce the opening of our new branch office in Huntsville, Alabama. The full-service branch will be in Cummings Research Park at 5021 Technology [...]
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!