This article is part of our series Builders at Heart, where we highlight the passions and backgrounds of the Clark team — the things that shape us — that allow us to tackle challenges head-on, solve complex problems, and build what matters.
Meet Theodore Lewis, a foreman with C3M Power Systems
How long have you been with Clark, and what are some of the roles you've held?
My journey into the electrical trade began in the summer of 2001, and I joined the C3M Power Systems team in 2014. I started as a journeyman electrician, and through hard work, diligence, and the guidance of thoughtful mentors, I am currently a foreman.
What skills do you think make someone an effective foreman?
I always try to think ahead when we are working and consider what would be the best ways to complete projects. Getting to this point, I was lucky enough to be around other good foremen who listen and are open to accepting others’ ideas.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why?
My grandfather. He would let me tag along as he built and fixed things around the house. He taught me how to use my hands and helped me understand how things work. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, Pop gave me the tools I needed to survive and take care of my family.
What are you most proud of accomplishing, either personally or professionally?
When I started my role as a foreman. My first project was pulling fiber cables between stations that were thousands of feet apart. I was a bit nervous, but getting the job done played a role in future contracts being awarded to C3M. Playing a part in this was a huge win for me, and it created opportunities for other team members to shine.
What do you like most about construction?
The best part is working with my hands and creating something that started as just an idea. I get fulfillment from seeing new structures grow or refreshing a tenant’s space.
What is your most memorable project?
I am currently working on a fast-paced project that keeps me on my toes every day. I work nights, which requires extensive planning to successfully execute work in a few hours. I work with a great crew who make each night easier and more enjoyable.
What advice do you have for someone getting started in the construction industry?
My advice for someone getting started in the construction industry would be to go all in! Hit the ground running, work hard, be a sponge, and learn as much as you can. The energy you put in will take you a long way.
What is your favorite thing about working for Clark?
The way they look out for their people. They care about how we feel and give us opportunities to voice our ideas and opinions, which makes the working environment feel more like a family than a job.