Doug Shadd has been referred to as representing the heart of Desert Star Construction, but the Superintendent quickly shrugs this off. “I just treat everybody like they should be treated,” he says. “I make sure my team knows that I appreciate them and that my clients know they’re special so they never have to look elsewhere.”
Doug’s 21 year history with DSC began as a trim carpentry contractor and evolved into a full-time position that he has enjoyed for the past 12 years. He applies this hands-on experience to assigned construction projects, managing day-to-day leadership details with trade contractors, suppliers and co-workers, and an always-meticulous eye on schedule, budget and quality control.
“I give to my work like Jerry gave to me,” says Doug, who puts his boss in the “Most Admired” category. “He’s a great leader who wants everyone to be their best. He gave me a chance; he challenged me and made me what I am today. I tell him that.”
A native of North Phoenix, Arizona and graduate of Paradise Valley High School, Doug holds a Superintendents Certificate and OSHA Safety Card. The self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie is a sucker for NASCAR — particularly Jimmy Johnson in the number 48 Lowe’s car. He’d also be hard pressed to pass up a seafood-and-steak dinner at Outback or a weekend quading with his wife and daughters. Someday, Doug hopes to own property up in Northern Arizona. “My clients know that when I’m on the job, things go off without a hitch,” he says. “Maybe someday I’ll have more time and a place up North to relax. Maybe I’ll delegate more. Maybe.”