Learning the ropes with Doug Sosa

Posted by on January 21, 2019


From day one, Doug has shown that his desire to learn would be a huge asset to Praters.

“On Doug’s first day, I happened to be at the office at 7 in the morning,” John Prater said. “I heard a knock on the door, and there’s Doug – half an hour early.”

Doug started working at Praters in July of 2018. And from the start, he made an impression.

“I just wanted to learn everything,” he said. “Every day, even now, I’m ready to learn something new. Actually, at first, my goal was to learn enough to build a patio. And I definitely feel like I can do that now.”

Like all other employees, Doug started at Portables for training, and then went on the road for jobs. Unlike most other employees, he was promoted to crew leader within three weeks of being on the road.

“I was out with Chris Davis, and I just picked his brain all the time,” he said. “He helped me a lot. I’d ask how to do something, then follow up with why we do it that way, instead of other ways, so I can avoid what’s wrong.”

And then again, about six months later, Doug was promoted again. This time, for a new position created to help operations run more smoothly, Operations Coordinator.

“I am responsible for our scheduling program, and setting up any job that gets added to it,” he said. “I’m the guy who makes sure everyone is assigned to the right job, that they have the right materials and equipment, that they know what they’re doing and where they’re going.”

About Doug’s quick ascent within the company, John said, “Doug stands out because there’s never been a time where he wasn’t thinking about customer service and excellent workmanship. From day one, he’s exhibited above and beyond capabilities of every single thing that we’ve asked him.”

Believe it or not, those aren’t the only two promotions Doug has received this year. His first baby, Tamina Alicia Sosa, was born in December!

At work, though, Doug is still focused on learning everything he can and enjoying what he does.

“I can’t stop wanting to go to work,” he said. “Even if it’s just picking up or laying down a floor. It’s just a great fit.”

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