Employees of Choice

Employees of Choice - August 2018

David Gordon, Lynn Campbell, James Ladosky, and Raul Areco.

OCP’s Employees of Choice are individuals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics that have made our 50 years of success possible. Employees of Choice are employees in the field and office who lead by action to advance safety, productivity, and innovation on projects. Additionally, these employees are consistent, dependable, and contribute for the betterment of the team. Thanks to the hard work of these individuals, OCP has proudly become the interior Contractor of Choice.


David Gordon

  • Position: Carpenter
  • Industry Tenure: 22 Years
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 13 Years

“OCP Cleveland is fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize David Gordon this month! David has been an important part of our team since his start with us in 2005. He is well-known as a dependable , hardworking, and talented carpenter versatile in many areas including framing, hanging, acoustical ceilings, and welding. We are proud to have Dave Gordon as a key player on our team in Cleveland.” - Tom Lutgring, Operational Excellence

  • What is your favorite project you have worked on?
  • Eaton HQ, it was just an all-around nice job.
  • What hobbies do you have outside of work?
  • Weightlifting.
  • What encouraged you to work with OCP originally?
  • I knew and respected Tom Lutgring when he worked at a previous employer, and I gave him a call when he began working with OCP. I knew it’d be a good opportunity with a team of hardworking people.
  • What advice would you give a new employee?
  • Just work hard. Like any other job, work hard.
  • Is there anything new that you’d like to learn with OCP?
  • Well, I’ve got a few pipe dreams. Haha. I’ve always been interested in welding although it’s not something we do now. Overall though, I’m happy with the work I do now.
  • What do you value most about OCP?
  • OCP’s just an all-around good company. I’ve never had a problem with getting paid, everyone treats you well, and there’s always work.

Lynn Campbell

  • Position: Painter Foreman
  • Industry Tenure: 30 Years
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 18 Years

“Lynn is very skilled at painting and wallpaper hanging. The number of projects that she has been in charge of is too numerous to count. There has not been a project given to her that she hasn’t completed successfully. Lynn has been the cornerstone of OCP’s successfully painting operation. Lynn will also be the first one to mentor and train Painter Apprentices that have come to work for us.” - Jeffrey Feller, Toledo Superintendent

  • What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  • Seeing the job from start to finish. Coming in and seeing where you could have walked through the walls and by the time you are done, there are rooms, there’s color, there’s carpeting and it's not a mud hole the way it started out. That’s pretty neat to see the finished product.
  • What advice would you give a new employee?
  • Stay busy. Keep the job site clean. "You got the time to lean you got the time to clean." When someone tells you what to do, don’t argue with them, just go ahead and do what they have ask you to do. Lot of guys come in thinking that they're only going to do carpentry or just going to paint, but there are so many other steps to getting a job done. There so many other processes like cleaning, just picking up the job site, keeping organized, and just understanding really everything that goes into the work. So just keeping busy is a main thing. And show up on time. Or if you can be 15 minutes ahead of schedule, it's a great way for foreman and superintendents to plan your day.
  • What do you value most about OCP?
  • What I value most about OCP is that they treat you like family. Family is important to me. I come from a large family, so I like the support of being part of the family. Being able to feel included is also important to me. The appreciation and recognition is great too.
  • What hobbies do you have outside of work?
  • In the winter time I do a lot of quilting and crocheting since it's so cold outside here. I like going outside and taking my grandkids through the woods and we sing Winter Wonderland while walking through the woods. We hook up the sledge to the 4-wheeler and pull them around, and have a sort of sleigh ride that way. We just got a boat, so we are out on water doing fishing and tubing as well. I also have a garden and in two weeks it will be canning season.

James Ladosky

  • Position: First Year Carpenter Apprentice
  • Industry Tenure: 6 Months
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 6 Months

“James came to OCP wanting to have a career in carpentry. He has hit the ground running, and I don’t believe I have seen a more motivated apprentice than James. He comes to work ready to go and that attitude goes on for the entire day. He has excelled at any and all tasks that have been given to him. When Foreman are in need of Apprentices, James is the first one that they have been asking for.” - Jeffrey Feller, Toledo Superintendent

  • What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  • Well it’s a great career, it offers great opportunities to build my life. It’s just a great place to be.
  • What brought you to the construction industry and what made you stay?
  • It really will give you control over your own path. You can build a really valuable set of skills that you can take anywhere. This kind of opportunity does not come very often. And good money and of course the fun that all comes along with the job are great.
  • It's also great to have something you can take pride in. You pass by something and can say "hey, I was a part of that."
  • What do you value most about OCP?
  • Definitely the people. The people I've met. Just great guys like Chris Gunderman and Tom Cramer. Just really, really, really good people. They are smart, they are dedicated, they are patient and they are really good educators.
  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • I am certified personal trainer and I play a lot of video games. That’s it. I live a pretty simple lifestyle that revolves around my job right now.

Raul Areco

  • Position: Carpenter
  • Industry Tenure: 18 Years
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 3 Years

“Raul shows up for work on time and ready to go with a positive attitude. Raul consistently keeps safety and quality practices in mind throughout the workday and is always striving to better himself and others around him.” - Jay Waltz, Columbus Superintendent

  • What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  • Coming to work every day for a great company.
  • What would you tell another person interested in joining the industry?
  • Show up every day and give it your all.
  • Who inspires you?
  • Jose’ Reyes due to his dedication to his work every day.
  • What advice would you give a new employee?
  • Show up every day and work hard, as this will give you opportunities for advancement within the company.
  • Before working at OCP, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
  • Working in a bakery in Argentina.
  • What do you value most about OCP?
  • It's a good company. And the supervisors and foreman care about the employees.