Employee Spotlight: Anselm Sura
Name: Anselm Sura
Title: General Foreman
Brief Professional Biography: Anselm began his commercial construction career in 2008, working as a concrete subcontractor for Lewis. Since that time he’s worked for Lewis in some form or another in a wide variety of roles—ranging from a full-time laborer to his current position as a general foreman. Anselm has a diverse mix of project experience and has worked on higher education, hospitality, mixed-use and K-12 projects. He is currently working as General Foreman on the Roosevelt High School Modernization and Addition project in North Portland.
Q: What attracted you to the construction industry?
A: For the first 10 years of my career, I worked as a well driller and worked alone on the rig all day. One day, I saw a classified ad looking for a crane operator, and being a certified crane operator I applied for the job and landed the position. Once I got into the industry I loved the team orientated approach and the interaction with crew members. I enjoy working in the industry because every day is different and I get to interact with a wide variety of people on all levels.
Q: What’s an average day on the jobsite like for you?
A: I’m currently working at the Roosevelt High School Modernization and Addition Project in North Portland. Each day, I arrive early and lead our team’s Ergofit* program for our carpenters and laborers. I oversee the subcontractors and self-perform work in the 1930’s portion of the building as well. Throughout the day I ensure that our teams have the materials they need to work efficiently and get their work accomplished.
* ErgoFit is a rehabilitation and fitness based warm up program that incorporates movements designed to strengthen and stabilize joints.
Q: What makes you excited to come into work every day?
A: My favorite part of my job is feeling valued and accomplished in the work my crew and I complete every day. I enjoy the team focused aspect that construction provides and accomplishing common goals with a large group makes our works very rewarding.
Q: Are there any organizations or causes you’re currently involved with?
A: Two years ago my entire family was fortunate enough to receive a Make a Wish trip to Disney World for my son. We are so grateful for that trip and the memories we created as a family and have remained connected to the foundation through donations and support ever since.
Q: If you could describe working for Lewis in three words, what would they be?
A: Trustworthy, respectful and having integrity.
Q: What do you like most about living in the Pacific Northwest?
A: The Pacific Northwest is great because there are not many places where you’re just a short drive to so many activities. I’m an avid fisherman and hunter so it’s nice to be a quick drive to either the mountains or the ocean.
We love where we live because that’s where our family and friends are. I was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon, a small suburb of Portland. I married my high school sweetheart, Amanda, and we have three kids together.