Star City Six – Josh Jackson
McGill Restoration (mcgillrestoration.com) is a specialty contractor, offering services in four main divisions: Parking Garages/Stadium Repairs; Industrial, Restoration, and Coating; Infrastructure Repairs and High Performance Coatings; and Masonry. Josh Jackson is the estimator and project manager at McGill Restoration.
Tell us a little about your business.
McGill Restoration does a variety of restoration projects across the Midwest region. While our primary focus of business started with masonry restoration, over the years it has expanded into many different areas of repairs. At McGill, we are committed to providing the highest quality restoration services in the industry. I haven’t experienced any other company in the area that takes pride in preservation as much as McGill Restoration. It’s been a rewarding experience from day one.
How did you get started in the business?
As an intern in college, I worked for a variety of contractors. I really fell in love with the work and projects that come with this field. During my last semester of school, I interned for McGill Restoration, which really gave me hands-on experience doing restoration work. After seeing the completed projects, I knew that this was the field for me.
Tell us a little about your family.
My father is a retired Air Force veteran, and my mother works as an elementary school nurse. I have three younger siblings, a brother and two sisters.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Thus far, it was definitely my choice of major in college, which resulting in me finding work in an industry I really enjoy.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Watch English Premier League soccer all morning and spend time with friends and family in the evening.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am a huge soccer fan. I actually got the chance to go to London and watch a premiere league game live!
What are you the most proud of?
Graduating with a bachelors in Civil Engineering, and getting a job at a great company after graduation.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The advice that has stuck with me the most is to always look for opportunities to learn. Never get complacent because there is always more to discover.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The last good book I read was probably Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. It is a great read on the American West’s water resources situation.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. My favorite has to be Django Unchained.
What is your favorite TV show?
Westworld has got to be number one. It’s an incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking show.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
There are so many great options, but I think my choice would be the late physicist Stephen Hawking.
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