October 9 2020
Heading into our 10th Birthday
January 19, 2021, marks Entuitive’s 10th birthday, and we couldn’t be more excited. What started out as a group of experienced engineers seeking to leave behind the status quo has turned into an established firm that continues to operate with a start-up mentality.
As we head into our 10th birthday celebrations, we sat down with the leaders who have been here from the start, to hear what this milestone means to them, what their most Entuitive moment has been so far, and how they’re looking to the future.
Thank you so much for sitting down with us, gentlemen. Let’s talk our 10th birthday. What does this milestone mean to you?
Brock Schroeder: This is a really exciting milestone for Entuitive. We’ve come such a long way in the past 10 years while sticking to our values and our culture. It’s important to reflect on the past but just as important to look to the future. We’re not a new firm anymore but we’re also far from the end.Sean Smith: This is a big milestone. It’s an opportunity to take a pause and have a little introspection of the last 10 years. By reflecting, we ground ourselves in our values and our mindset, and explore how to take that forward with the same drive and ambition.
Does anything come to mind when we ask what your most Entuitive moments have been so far?
Barry Charnish: The first thing that comes to mind is from our second or third day as Entuitive. Our first client requested schematic drawings within the next couple of weeks. Of course, I didn’t tell them how hard it would be. We only had four people at Entuitive at the time and we were working hard to finish the project. But we got the job done and it meant a lot to have the trust of our client so early on.
David Stevenson: My most Entuitive moments are our work on the Manhattan West Platform and the 550 Washington Redevelopment project. Both of those projects demonstrated creativity, collaboration, and the application of advanced systems and design strategies. These are our core values and by living them we were able to develop structural solutions that had never been implemented before.
David Watson: In the first month, we didn’t even have an office to work out of, but we were still doing great work. Entuitive’s not afraid of tackling challenges head on, and I think that mindset has stayed with us throughout these 10 years.
Brock: An Entuitive moment for me was during one of our early corporate meetings. We realized we had already blown our first five-year strategy out of the water. It opened our minds to even bigger thinking, and that attitude has prevailed.
Sean: We have themes at Entuitive, and those have manifested in so many Entuitive moments. When someone applies to work here, and we get to tell them they’ll join, and then see how excited they are, that’s an Entuitive moment. Every time someone puts up their hand to implement a new idea or a way to improve something, that’s an Entuitive moment. We encourage people to think about what they want to do to make Entuitive better. Those are all Entuitive moments. Fostering those ideas is a series of moments and that’s the most Entuitive thing.What was it like to start something new? Were you nervous or excited? A bit of both?
Brock: It was thrilling on the one hand, and terrifying on the other hand. But it was also refreshing because it meant we could build the culture that we’d always wanted to work in. There was so much opportunity, and that ability to adapt has remained in our DNA. What excited us in the beginning has been validated over the years because it’s exactly what set us up for success.
Can you tell us more about that? Why was it so important to create a new culture?
Brock: Right off the bat we knew we wanted to work as One Company and create an all-for-one mentality. There’s no denying we’re better together. We also wanted to ensure that we were constantly innovating and adapting to change. These are the values that enable companies to last. And we wanted to be a great place to work.
Barry: Our culture of innovation is what allows us to continually grow. Our clients value our mindset because they know we’ll work hard to find the right solution for them, even if it’s unconventional.David W: All those commitments that we made early on have paid off. We made a commitment to technology, for example, and a commitment to work as One Company.
Brock: Every single decision was hugely important in the beginning because we were designing towards our values. But now we have a firm where change is the norm, and we continue to live up to that.
What do you hope for the next 10 years? What do you see in Entuitive’s future?
Sean: I’m hoping that as we continue to grow, we maintain our value of always wanting to be better tomorrow than we were today. Challenge and change are an opportunity and I hope we keep adapting thoughtfully. That’s the Entuitive Way.David S: My hope is that we continue to grow and deliver great projects, and that our people continue to grow as well.
Brock: We won’t ever stop Being Entuitive.
Thanks so much for your time, gentlemen. We look forward to celebrating Entuitive’s 10th birthday.