Brett Atkinson is the executive vice president of Moss & Associates, the Broward County-based firm overseeing the construction of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach.
Atkinson has helped complete a number of landmark projects throughout South Florida, including several in West Palm Beach.
Moss recently completed the construction of Marriott’s Residence Inn in downtown West Palm Beach. The firm also oversaw the $30 million renovation to remove sulfur-laden drywall from China from the Whitney condominium in West Palm Beach.
Construction on All Aboard’s West Palm Beach station is advancing, and in the coming weeks Atkinson said crews will be finished erecting the building’s concrete frame. Windows also will be installed.
Atkinson met Bob Moss, the company’s chairman and CEO, after graduating from the University of Florida. The pair worked together at Centex Rooney Construction Co. When Moss decided to open his own firm in 2004, Atkinson quickly joined the team.
Name: Brett Atkinson
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
Where you live now: Fort Lauderdale.
About your company: Moss is a young, vibrant, organization that is defined by its culture as much as its ability to construct complex landmark buildings.
How your business has changed: Moss has been able to attract unbelievable team members as we continue to grow with the many opportunities afforded to us.
First paying job and what you learned from it: My first paying job was a laborer on a multifamily project at Interstate 5 and Oakland Boulevard. I learned that each and every position is important to the ultimate success of any construction project.
First break in the business: My first break was the opportunity to be a project manager on the BB&T Center (home of the Florida Panthers on the National Hockey League)
Best business book you ever read: The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Best piece of business advice you ever received: Culture trumps strategy any day of the week.
What you tell young people about your business: Work hard. Be nice. Have fun.
What do you see ahead for Palm Beach County? Exciting times. The smart and well-developed plan surrounding the All Aboard train terminal, convention center and Clematis Street is sure to bring controlled high density living that creates new amenities for a clean downtown.
Where we can find you when you are not at the office: I am coaching my kids sports teams.
Favorite smartphone app: Hate to admit it — Facebook. I love connecting with old friends.
What is the most important trait you look for when hiring? High energy, passion for the business and [being] curious.