Nurturing Success: Celebrating National Mentoring Month at Rodgers


As we embrace National Mentoring Month, we at Rodgers take pride in reflecting on the profound impact mentorship has had on our team members. This celebration goes beyond a mere acknowledgment; it’s a testament to the invaluable guidance and support exchanged within our organization. Join us as we share heartfelt insights from our team members and revisit our commitment to building a culture of mentorship.

Megan Hernandez, Intern: “To me, a mentor is not only someone who provides tools, support, feedback, and overall guidance but also someone who is passionate, selfless, and eager to invest in others. Without mentors like them, I would not have gained the knowledge or confidence that I now have.”

Kate Moore, VP Construction Operations: “I have been very fortunate to have been mentored by many different people throughout my career and to be able to pass that along to others. Passing on a passion for building is the most important thing we can do for those who come behind us.”

Hank Thornlow, General Superintendent: “In my journey, I’ve been both a mentee and a mentor, although not officially titled as such. The project teams and trade partner crews I’ve worked with over the years have collectively shaped me into the professional I am today.”

Carl Faison, Project Manager: “Mentorship is an intricate part of a person’s career. A really good mentor can push and inspire a person to new heights. So when I mentor, I try to put the energy out that I want to receive, which is positivity.”

In our blog post last year, “Mentoring – The Foundation for a Successful Workforce,” we delved into the roots of our commitment to mentoring. Founder B.D. Rodgers’ spirit continues to inspire our enduring environment that values purposeful building, relationships with integrity, and leadership with care. Eric Reichard, President, recalls Mr. Rodgers’ wisdom: “If the end result is the same, it often takes less time to teach someone how to do something a more efficient way than it does to accept the way they are currently doing it.”

Mentoring is ingrained in our culture at Rodgers. It fuels constant improvement internally and extends outward into our communities. Pat Rodgers, CEO, emphasizes the importance of educating and fostering excitement in students at various levels, aligning with initiatives like the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center and ROC Charlotte.

The twofold benefits of mentorship resonate within our organization.

Benefits of Being a Mentor:

  1. Personal Growth: Mentoring provides an opportunity for mentors to reflect on their own experiences, enhance self-awareness, and continually develop as professionals.
  2. Leadership Skills: Mentoring allows individuals to hone their leadership and communication skills as they guide and support their mentees.
  3. Networking: Mentors expand their network by connecting with mentees, other mentors, and professionals associated with the mentees, creating valuable connections.
  4. Satisfaction: Witnessing the growth and success of a mentee can be immensely satisfying, contributing to a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
  5. Legacy Building: Mentoring enables individuals to leave a positive impact on the next generation, contributing to a legacy of knowledge and expertise.

Benefits of Being a Mentee:

  1. Skill Development: Mentees gain practical skills and knowledge from the experience and expertise of their mentors, accelerating their learning curve.
  2. Guidance and Support: Mentees receive guidance, advice, and emotional support, helping them navigate challenges and make informed decisions.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Mentees often benefit from the mentor’s network, gaining exposure to industry contacts, opportunities, and potential career paths.
  4. Increased Confidence: The encouragement and validation from a mentor boost mentees’ confidence, empowering them to take on new challenges and opportunities.
  5. Career Advancement: Mentees can receive insights into career paths, strategies for professional growth, and access to valuable resources that contribute to their overall career advancement.

As we celebrate National Mentoring Month, we invite you to reflect on the mentors who have shaped your journey. Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, the impact of these relationships is immeasurable. At Rodgers, we remain committed to nurturing success, building not only structures but also the foundation for future leaders. Join us in recognizing the power of mentorship and its enduring influence on individuals and industries alike.