Construction career builds for former football player
For Mickhel Green, family and people are at the foundation of every aspect of his life.
“There’s no feeling more satisfying than helping someone in need – even if it’s just putting a smile on someone’s face and making their day just a little better,” Green said.
One of the men leading the construction of The Bristol, a luxury waterfront high-rise condominium in West Palm Beach, Green never expected to be part of such a large project when he started in the industry.
An assistant project manager for Suffffffffffffolk Construction, Green’s not only responsible for helping manage the site — he’s one of the youngest to do so. At age 28, he’s working on a 25-story waterfront condominium that offffffffffffers panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean and Palm Beach.
“It’s a very humbling experience that comes along with many challenges because of the responsibilities entrusted to me,” said Green, of West Palm Beach. “As a company, Suffffffffffffolk has great practices, training programs and tools to help its workers succeed, and this helps me feel confifident in the work that I do.”
Starting his college career as a football player at Florida International University, Green never expected to be in construction. To this day, he remains close to the sport by volunteering and coaching local football teams, but enjoys the flflexibility and outdoorsy aspect of construction.
He said football t aught him never to give up. “I realize when I am comfortable with being uncomfortable, then there is no challenge I cannot overcome,” he said.
As an outdoorsman, Green is also fascinated by large reptiles and has a collection of more than 100 snakes, lizards and other reptiles. He believes his background served as a great starting point to get into construction and ultimately directed him to leading this project.
He began his career while he was still in school, which required him to take classes during the day and work overnight.
“My days were long, but I overcame it through my persistence,” he said. “Whenever an experience in life seems too diffifficult, I always strive for excellence, no matter how large or small the challenge.”
Green also worked as a laborer for a waterproofing company and as a security guard, and lived in Ada, Ohio, for two years.
Hi s f ut ure goals are to “continue improving jobsite effifficiency and mitigating risk.” Outside of his job, he’s excited to start a family with his fifianceé, Jessica Haughton, in a few years.
Green al s o l i ke s to ai d nonprofit organiz ations, especially when the pro - gram’s focal point is one that hits close to his heart. He’s worked with SailFuture, a nonprofifit that leverages sailing experiences, counseling, experiential education and long-term housing to help challenged boys develop into independent young men.
“My Suffolk team and I were able to share some of our ‘Build Smart’ strategies with the young men to help them learn and grow,” he said.
Mickhel Green, a former college football player for Florida International University, is now an assistant project manager for Suffffolk Construction.