Employee Spotlight: Joe Dunson

Posted: Tue, Apr 26 2022 12:00 am

Our people are our best asset. Joe Dunson is a great example of that. He joined Essex as a Project Manager in November 2018. He's managed projects for Homes for Good, Sponsors Inc., FOOD for Lane County, North Eugene High School, to name a few. Currently he is wrapping up work on Lane County's new Developmental Disabilities Services project. We decided to check in and ask him a few questions.

Why did you join Essex?

When I decided to move back to Eugene, I was looking for a company with a great culture that meshed with my values. I interviewed with three firms. When I met with the owners at Essex, the difference was clear. They shared their vision for the company, talked about their values and the Essex culture. While the other firms’ offer packages focused solely on compensation and benefits, Essex’s offer package went above and beyond that, reinforcing their commitment to culture. I was sold.

Can you share a memory of your time with Essex?

I’ve been at Essex for 3 ½ years. One thing that always stands out to me is the commitment and sincerity of the ownership team. Even though they are busy, whenever I speak with the owners they are fully engaged. They listen and care about what I have to say. That means a lot.

What has kept you here?

It’s all about that Essex culture. I appreciate the family environment. What they told me initially at that interview is what keeps me here. They are sincere. It’s refreshing to be at a place like Essex.

Joe is currently the Project Manager for Lane County’s Developmental Disabilities Services building. Here’s what Lane County’s Chief Operating Officer had to say about Joe. 

“Joe has worked tirelessly to keep the project moving forward while having to manage some unusual challenges and opportunities…. We also appreciate Joe’s ability to manage the subcontractors. He kept the project on time and within budget. Thank you once again for the hard work and sincere efforts that Essex and Joe made on this project. Joe’s resilience and hard work for Essex made the DDS project a success.”

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