Meet the Intern: Forrest Vaughn

Jul 23, 2019

Name

Forrest Vaughn

School

Virginia Tech

Expected Graduation

May of 2020

Hobbies

My hobbies include guitar, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and playing the occasional video game. I grew up in a small, rural town where there was not much to do other than go outside and enjoy your surroundings.

Why Construction?

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandfather, who was a carpenter, building an assortment of things around his house. This is where my initial interest in construction came from and I continued to pursue that interest in high school with multiple carpentry classes at the technical school connected to my high school. While in high school I realized I wanted to go to college and do more than just a trade school, and that is when I found the Building Construction program at Virginia Tech.

Career Goal

In the future, I see my true career goal being to start my own construction business with my father being my partner. I want to gain all the knowledge I can now, so that later in my life I can create this business and be as successful as possible.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, and serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, the Branch Group touches all aspects of the built environment through Branch Civil, Branch Builds, and Hopkins | Lacy, our MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing) business unit. As a full-service construction solutions partner, we are committed to exceptional performance and to developing business relationships sustained by mutual benefit and respect.

In 2020, the Branch Group had total revenues of nearly $480 million and a workforce of more than 900 employee owners. Through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), we ensure that every employee has a vested interest in our success. Visit www.branchgroup.com to learn more.

 

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