Employee Spotlight: Cesar Morales
Meet family man and Installation Supervisor, Cesar Morales! Cesar is one of the people responsible for constructing our slides on the ground and overseeing our installers to make sure they are working together properly to get the job done. A native Spanish speaker, Cesar is one of our secret weapons when our client’s first language isn’t English.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I studied Construction Supervision in school and have been working in the field for most of my life. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where I got to know about WhiteWater from collaborating on a project with them. I went to a bilingual school and learned English from age 12 so I worked alongside WhiteWater helping to translate. I knew that that WhiteWater was a company I could be happy working for and joined the team last year.
What do you do at WhiteWater?
I work at WhiteWater as an Installation Supervisor specializing in the water play attractions. In my day to day I oversee construction projects and make sure our team is working together so that all so the slides work. Each project varies so I can be working on a team from 3-6 people depending on the project.
What do you find to be the most rewarding about your role at WhiteWater?
The most rewarding thing about my role is watching the site go from start to finish. Being able to see the completion of the site is exciting. I love being able to see the team push hard to make deadlines and get things done. Each site has different challenges (from cultural to location), but I think most installers would agree that the last few days of the project are amazing and incredibly rewarding.
What has been your favorite project that you have worked on at WhiteWater?
My favorite project would be the one I worked on when I was just getting to know WhiteWater as it was cool to learn about the company from the outside in. Since I have joined, I would say one of my favorites has been the Massanutten project in West Virginia with Ken McLaughlin. I find that every project has its unique aspects, so it is difficult to select one favorite as I have fun being able to work with different people and different perspectives on each build.
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
I would love to snap my fingers and become an expert in communication skill; it would be nice to be able to connect with people quickly.
What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned while being at WhiteWater?
One of the best lessons I have learned from being at WhiteWater is the value of teamwork and how important it is that a team comes together, not just working individually but as a unified group. On site it is so important that everyone is on the same task and on the same page.
What is your favourite product to build?
Being part of the team that built the Double Tailspin at Adventure Island in Tampa was cool. We attached the water slide to existing steel from the customer, so it was cool to put together and unique from most of the other products I have done. Plus, I really like the ride experience.
What’s on your bucket list?
I don’t have too much on my bucket list, I just want to have good times with my family. Being able to have time to grow with my son is important to me.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work most of my hobbies are spending time with my family and friends. Though, I will say, I also enjoy playing tennis.