Con­struc­tion ca­reer builds for for­mer foot­ball player

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Southern Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Faran Fa­gen Spe­cial to The Palm Beach Post

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Mick­hel Green, a for­mer col­lege foot­ball player for Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity, is now an as­sis­tant pro­ject man­ager for Sufff­folk Con­struc­tion.

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