Employees of the Month

Employees of Choice - July 2020

Peggy Bonilla, Shawn Ford, and Steve Gill.

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 to the betterment of the team. Thanks to the hard work of these individuals, OCP has proudly become the interior Contractor of Choice.


Peggy Bonilla

  • Position: Laborer
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 10 Years
  • Industry Tenure: 15 Years

"Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves some turn up their noses some don’t turn up at all, Peggy chooses to turn up her sleeves and get to work. Peggy is a self-motivated proactive individual who makes the best of every situation with her positive attitude and commitment to teamwork. It is people like Peggy that make OCP the Contractor of Choice." - Jason Van Devender, Superintendent Cleveland

  • What brought you to the construction industry and what made you stay?
  • I was laid off from steel mill work and wanted something better for myself. The construction industry has been good to me and I have stayed since.
  • Who inspires you?
  • My mom inspires me because she’s a good working woman that I strive to be like.
  • What advice would you give a new employee?
  • Do your best every day and be able to take direction as given.

Shawn Ford

  • Position: Carpenter
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 12 Years
  • Industry Tenure: 31 Years

"Shawn has passion and drive for the jobs he is working on or managing. He has the patience to teach others and keeps safety and productivity a high priority, as well as keeping with the quality standards that OCP expects.

Shawn has been with OCP for over 11 years and is open to additional learning and training if it is needed. Thank you Shawn for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate all that you bring to OCP!" - Jay Waltz, General Superintendent Columbus

  • What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  • Receiving the flooring plan and laying out the work that needs to be completed. The ability to participate and see the actual project come together.
  • What brought you to the construction industry and what made you stay?
  • I worked with my grandfather and dad in the family business for residential renovations from roofing to siding. I admired my dad’s work ethic as he worked as a full-time truck driver as well.
  • What hobbies do you have outside of work?
  • I love to fish! I get to fish every weekend. Saugeye and walleye are my top favorite fish to catch.

Steve Gill

  • Position: Plasterer/Finisher
  • Length of Employment with OCP: 2.5 Years
  • Industry Tenure: 28 Years

"Steve is a pleasure to have working on our sites. He pays attention to details which makes him a great finisher. You always know the work he leaves behind will make our customers happy. He also understands the importance of training our younger apprentices coming into the trade. Thanks Steve." - Chris Gunderman, Toledo Superintendent

  • What brought you to the construction industry and what made you stay?
  • My father in law and brother in law are both plasterers. I helped them with several projects and thought it was a great profession to join after my military service. I served 5 years in the Navy and I started as an apprentice. There's something about working with your hands and creating something that is gratifying.
  • What hobbies do you have outside of work?
  • Not a hobby but community service as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 25 years. Occasionally, I get calls to assist with first aid situations.
  • What advice would you give to a new employee?
  • Take pride in your job, don’t be in a hurry to complete tasks as its quality over quantity. Quality will get you hired for the next job always. I learned that a professional will have a better reputation in the community if you follow this principle. This skill set carries over in other aspects of life as well. You create your own value by always presenting quality work.