Brandt Knowlton: Lead by Example

A keen sense of efficient processes, sound business practices, and attention to employee development makes for strong leadership

July 13, 2015
Brandt Knowlton, VP operations for Ascent Construction, in Centerville, Utah, 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardee

VP operations

Ascent Construction, Centerville, Utah 

Age 38

One reason why Ascent Construction, a $100 million company, is having its best year since the company was formed in 2000 is Brandt’s leadership as vice president of operations. At the executive level, he participates in acquisition efforts and helps develop partnerships with redeveloping cities. In overseeing operations, he is an expert at hiring, training, and keeping top talent who care about quality work and building solid relationships. Brandt’s style of leadership-by-example inspires others to action, creating a work culture of doing the right thing for the right reasons. He embodies many great qualities hard to find in construction leaders today.

As a leader, Brandt has not only streamlined internal systems—such as implementing new software to help project managers work smarter and more effectively—he has also focused his attention on supporting his team and identifying opportunities for each team member to grow in skills and confidence.

Recently certified as LEED AP, Brandt is now helping to set new company standards in sustainable construction.

Read more about the 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardees.

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