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Sudersan Vassen | Motivate others and stay motivated

Lead Project Manager | Volmar Construction Inc. |Brooklyn, New York, United States

For nearly the last 7 years I have been involved in Hurricane sandy rehab program.I directed the rehabilitation & elevation of houses from ground level to above flood level, In order to make the houses flood resilient. My brief accomplishment includes scoping the individual jobs with the architect, negotiating the individual job order, managing permit process and utility disconnects, job buy out with specific trades, directed the entire job order project management, coordinate permit close out with consultants.

I have done this above mentioned tedious process for nearly 1000 homes that were affected by hurricane sandy in 2012. 


What do achievements mean to you?

You overcome your fears and its not your final destination in your road to success

What excites you most about the work that you do?

Being a construction management/ Civil engineering professional gives new challenges every day. No challenges faced in one project is the same as ones in previous cases. There is no dearth of challenges and exciting days in my profession.

Do you have a mantra or motto that you live by?

Live life to the fullest every day and don’t forget Real life lies in making others happy

What makes you yourself

Hard work & willingness to learn

Work philosophy

Motivate others- Always be willing to help

Recent successes

For nearly the last 7 years I have been involved in Hurricane sandy rehab program.I directed the rehabilitation & elevation of houses from ground level to above flood level, In order to make the houses flood resilient. My brief accomplishment includes scoping the individual jobs with the architect, negotiating the individual job order, managing permit process and utility disconnects, job buy out with specific trades, directed the entire job order project management, coordinate permit close out with consultants.

I have done this above mentioned tedious process for nearly 1000 homes that were affected by hurricane sandy in 2012. 

What was your journey like to get where you are today

Hard- If i look back 10 years from today, I was struggling in my job, but i made amends and a lot of sacrifices to align my goals 

How do you stay motivated

Gods Grace and wife’s yelling..)

Guiding principle

You reap what you sow, if you are good to others and stay true to yourself and your work. Only good things will happen

Goal yet to be achieved

I want to open a Not for profit organization which helps local governments and federal government in managing disasters and plan for disaster mitigation in long term.

Best decision

Was to marry my wife Manpreet Kaur and start a family.

Worst decision

Every decision you make is an experience that you can learn from, there is nothing called as a bad decision.

Definition of leadership

Motivate others and stay motivated

Biggest missed opportunity

No regrets in life, gods grace everything will come through

Best mentor

Mike Jr/Krishna – Always had my back for anything I did.

One word that best describes you

Hard Working

Like best about job

You can always learn something new, No dearth of challenges.

Like least about job

None

How you’ve approached change

Positive intent

What are you really into outside of work?

Sports- Cricket/ Chess, Netflix of course..)

Most important lesson learned

Sometimes you have to let go before you move forward

Peers you admire

Hemant, Krishna & Mike Jr

Most respected competitor

My wife 

Greatest fear

Losing and Giving up

Idea of perfect happiness

Mylapore Vedanta Desikar temple – Blissful experience always every time I have visited.

Greatest strength

Think out of the box

Characteristic most admired

Never give up

Characteristic least admired

Anger 

What do you hope to achieve in your next position

Create more jobs and sustainability of those jobs.

Current state of mind

Thinking in ten different directions

Question you want answered

Real reason for my existence

Most influential book read

Ramayana, Aghora – Left hand of God

Most ecstatic moment

Birth of my Daughter

When it’s all over, how do you want to be remembered?

A simple & Kind human being.

Favorite quote

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Countries you would like to visit

Canada, Greece, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa

Favorite airline

Qatar airways, American Airlines

Favorite hotel (brand)

Hilton

Favorite restaurant

Comfi in Old Bridge, New Jersey

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