MEET BILLY MAPHIES: Partnering with Tech Companies in the Hot Texas Construction Market

Billy Maphies’ work as a Senior Estimator in Swinerton’s Austin office gives him a fascinating view of today’s tech economy.

“I get to work with some of the largest technology clients in the world. It’s astounding how much technology has changed the way we live, work and interact. Being part of their growth and getting an intimate peek at how their internal operations function has been such a great privilege and honor,” Billy says.

Billy has spent more than 10 years in construction, with about half his time at Swinerton, where he currently focuses on pre-construction services.

Learn more about Billy through the following Q&A discussion with him.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A: I would say there are a multitude of factors that make my job rewarding. Seeing how those in our group here in Texas have progressed in their careers; the personal relationships built over the past few years; Swinerton’s commitment to becoming one of the top builders in Texas – those are a few things that come to mind.

Q: Why are you proud to work for Swinerton?

A: In addition to being an employee-owned company, I love how progressive this company is as a whole. Our corporate leadership and their vision for the company is unlike any I’ve ever been a part of.

Q: What does your typical work day look like?

A: What’s a typical work day in construction? I’m kidding, but not really. It’s all over the place for me. Without my work calendar, I would be a hot mess. I need that to keep me on track and abreast of daily meetings, weekly meetings, progress of estimates/budgets, external events and so on. Somehow, I manage to get through all of it with a smile on my face.

Q: What makes now an exciting time to work in Texas?

A: Construction nationwide is unprecedented, and Texas is one of the hottest growth market! There are a lot of established contractors that can barely keep up, and others are moving to Texas trying to get a piece of the pie. There’s plenty of work! Let’s hope this continues for a few more years.

Q: How do you spend your free time? And how do you wish you spent your free time?

A: I try to keep myself busy with a few soccer teams. I play in numerous indoor leagues during the week and in an outdoor league on the weekend. I also do mini trips to visit through out the year and try for one longer trip out of the country once a year.