Sebastien Tapia recently joined HB Construction as a Project Coordinator. His past experiences have led him from running businesses to exploring construction and project delivery. Sebastian, who credits his drive to his family, is already delivering next level enthusiasm and a polymath approach.
What got you into the field?
My family has always been in construction. My father has been a journeymen carpenter for over 15 years and had a construction business that remodeled local homes. I was always fascinated with the trades and would help him when he remodeled houses. I knew my strengths were in business and academics, which is what led me to construction.
What experiences led you to your current position?
I started with a local company as a Project Engineer Intern my freshman year of college. After a year, I was assigned to work on multiple high-profile projects as a Project Engineer. In 2019, I was named the HCSS National Construction Intern of the Year and received a scholarship. I worked full-time while going to school and earned my bachelor’s degree in Project Management from New Mexico State University. Shortly after, I started my career at HB Construction.
What do you like most about construction?
I love building relationships with owners and subcontractors. I also enjoy how entrepreneurial and hands-on construction is compared to other industries.
What keeps you motivated?
I stay motivated by my family. I have always wanted to help my parents retire and be a role model for my younger siblings.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my bachelor’s degree. I am the first person in my entire family to attend and graduate college.
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I’m an entrepreneur at heart. After-hours, I work on the businesses that my brother and I co-founded. We own and operate a few different western clothing and apparel websites. When there’s time after work, I love to play tennis and go fishing with my family.
What advice would you give to someone starting in the industry?
Be patient, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.