Built to Lead: Matt Ernst

Our expertise and knowledge of construction, development, and management, combined with our dedication and passion for excellent customer service, sets us apart as industry leaders. Over the past five years, HPM Project Manager Matt Ernst has led clients to success on projects in multiple industries, including higher education and manufacturing. Keep reading to learn more about Matt and what makes him a leader.

HPM: What is the best part of your job?

Two things: being a part of a team and being involved in the full life cycle of a project. It’s really fulfilling seeing something go from a napkin sketch idea to a fully functioning facility, especially when you know how much work went into it along the way.

HPM: What does a typical day at HPM look like for you?

I think there are multiple types of “typical” days at HPM. Some days are spent in the office on emails, meetings, or reviewing plans/estimates/etc. Some days are spent completely in the field. Some days are a mixture of both. It really just depends on where the project is at that time.

HPM: What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’ve been lucky to be a part of a lot of projects in my time at HPM so it’s hard to pick specifics, but I’d say generally any time we turn a project over to the end-user and get to see that satisfaction first-hand.

HPM: What are the characteristics of a great leader?

To me, a great leader is someone who gets results. That might seem vague, but there are a lot of different ways to lead and a lot of different ways to get results. A great leader always understands how success is defined and what it’s going to take to get there.