||Robert Echols | G.A. West & Company, Inc., Chunchula, AL
Robert Echols started his steel erection career in 1984 as an apprentice ironworker and moved to journeyman, welder, crane operator, and superintendent. In 1989, he joined a large steel fabricating company to start a new erecting division doing large commercial projects throughout the southeast.
He spent the following 10 years at Garrison Steel Erectors as VP of Operations performing projects such as Disney's LeCirque in Orlando, Hard Rock Café at Universal Studios, Lucent Technologies Festival Bay Mill, Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, Toyota Engine Plant, Navistar Engine Plant in Decatur, Alabama, and the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel in Tampa, Florida, and developing a 12 crew force using as many as 150 ironworkers.
Robert left Garrison Steel to start his own steel erection business in 2001. Echols Steel Erectors, in central Florida, handled complex projects throughout the southeast. In 2005, the decision was made to idle the company and take a Sr. Manager position at Prospect Steel in Little Rock, Arkansas that allowed him to manage many large projects, the largest of which was for ThyssenKrupp Steel, LLC that amounted to 67,000 tons of steel, along with also managing projects for many well-known clients including McCormick Place Convention Center, UMAS of Arkansas and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
At the present time, Robert is Vice President of Structural Steel Services at G.A. West & Company, Inc. in Chunchula, Alabama. He has the knowledge and expertise to manage large projects and has proven to be a valuable asset to the company. Currently, Robert oversees a structural fabrication and erection managerial staff comprised of approximately 5 division managers, and develops and maintains client relationships in the pursuit and execution of projects. He is adept in forecasting, establishing and maintaining departmental goals and budgets through evaluation of current and historical market data, and has proven effective in promoting success and growth within the department and overall firm.