Cassady Monsen: A Team Builder
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SARATOGA — When asked what led him to a career in construction, Cassady Monsen simply replies that he was born into it. “I’m a third-generation builder,” he says. “My father started Construction Services more than 40 years ago, and I started helping him at an early age. The first job I ever worked on was renovating an old, abandoned schoolhouse in Los Altos. As board president of the school I attended, my dad found the site and we spent the summer getting it ready for the upcoming school year.”
During high school, Cassady apprenticed with his father’s lead painter, which enabled him to start his own house painting business during college. After graduating, he came to work full-time for Construction Services. “I started out cleaning up jobsites, moved up to project management and eventually became general manager,” he recounts. “After my father passed away in 2016, I took over ownership of the company, though I’ve kept my ‘general manager’ title.”
Today, Cassady says his favorite part of his job is working together with others to achieve a shared objective. “I enjoy collaborating with my clients, employees and subcontractors to deliver beautiful finished products, and I appreciate the relationships I’m able to create and develop along the way.”
A resident of San Mateo, Cassady spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “One of my favorite hobbies is cooking,” he says. “Besides working for my dad, I worked as a restaurant cook during high school and college, so that’s something I still enjoy today.” Cassady also likes following local professional sports teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Giants, watching historical documentaries, and travelling. “I try to go to a new place every year. Over the last few, I’ve visited Cuba, Ireland and Germany.”
In regard to his professional career, Cassady says long-term success requires a team effort. “I treat my customers, employees and subcontractors alike as valued members of our team. I have employees who’ve been here longer than me, and I honor their investment in our company. I also value the trust and commitment that our clients display in giving us the opportunity to build their projects.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Cassady says he’d do some extensive globetrotting. “One of my fantasies is getting an around-the-world travel ticket. I still want to visit Asia and go on a safari in Africa. I just want to see it all!”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Coffee mugs.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Godfather Part II.”
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
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A: As a history buff, I’d definitely go to the past. I’d love to see figures like Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar and Gandhi in the flesh.