We recently sat down with LeRoy King, Petra’s Assistant Vice President to learn a bit more about his expertise, background and what he’s working on with Petra these days.
Q: What is your role at Petra? Describe what you do day-to-day.
A: My official role is Assistant Vice President. Currently, I am working with a large developer in San Francisco, to build a 12,000-home mixed-use development. This is an exciting project for Petra because it’s outside of healthcare and allows us to dip our toe into more commercial work.
Q: How long have you been with Petra and why did you choose this profession?
A: I’ve been with Petra 17 years, but in the industry for about 38 years. In my younger years I was a professional musician, but my father gave me the opportunity to work for one of the largest general contractors in the US after I got married. I loved it so much that I went back to school for another degree. I started working on commercial projects like high-rises and stadiums, but my last 20 years I’ve been working primarily on medical related buildings. I enjoy working on hospitals because they are a challenge. You need to have the proper skills and training to be successful.
Q: What are 3 words to describe your team?
A: Knowledgeable. Experienced. Loyal.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: My favorite part would have to be after the job is completed. You can step back and see how you’ve impacted the community with the new hospital, emergency department or trauma center. At the end of the day, helping people is what it’s all about.
Q: What has been your proudest moment working at Petra or in your career?
A: There was a project we completed where we took a section of a hospital that was not set up for medical-surgical certified beds and transformed it into a working unit of the hospital. Typically, a project of this nature would be a 3-5-year project, but we turned the entire project around in less than a year from design, approval and construction including cooperation from OSHPD, the design team, and contractors. It really was an accomplishment!
Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: What we do is different every day. I love new challenges and being able to conquer those challenges every day. You’re always learning something new.
Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A: Most people don’t know that that I played music as a professional. I actually majored in music in college.
Q: How do you define success?
A: I would say that a successful project means meeting the clients’ needs and providing healthcare in an area where it’s desperately needed. When I complete a project and know that it’s going to benefit the individuals in the community, there’s no better success than that.