On every road you cruise on, careful planning and multitasking went into the project to make the ride a success for motorists. One major role that plays into a successful project is that of the leadman. As a foreman’s right-hand man, the leadman serves with a watchful eye on almost every aspect of a functioning work zone. One key player in this role is Tethion Jones, sometimes referred to as Shaun by his team.
Having been with our family of companies for nearly 24 years, he’s spent the past two decades learning all there is to know about paving. Before being appointed as leadman, Shaun was a crucial part of running the paver. Fast forward to today, and you’ll see that Shaun is one of the “go-to” guys on Keith Taylor’s crew.
While his peers consistently speak highly of him, Shaun’s humility speaks for itself. You’ll never catch him seeking the spotlight, but instead quietly working for the ultimate good of his team. JJ Riles, general superintendent, remarked, “Ever since Shaun was made a leadman back in 2018, he’s excelled in this role. He’s always wearing his PPE and [always taking on extra responsibilities].” Dennis Harrod, paving superintendent, added, “Shaun is just a great guy. He’s never absent and never complains.”
A perfect example of this humility is when Shaun’s foreman stepped away for a period of time to recover from surgery. Not only did Shaun continue performing his regular leadman duties, but he also served as a temporary foreman for his crew. “Shaun stepped up to the plate and had my back while I was away,” his foreman, Keith, shared. “He’s always stepped up and handled things when we need him to. Shaun is well worth it and more.”
Ultimately, it’s in Shaun’s nature to start and end the day with dependability. His crew will tell you that, more often than not, Shaun is the first person at the job site each day and one of the last to leave. Between those hours, you’ll find him inputting time for his crew, fueling up equipment, readying the morning huddle-up for the team, and everything in between. Keith closed with, “Shaun is a top-notch guy. He helps keep the crew together… they all work well with one another and like to cut up with each other.”
All in all, we’re thankful for Shaun’s dedication and willingness to lead by example. We certainly couldn’t get the job done without him. Lehman-Roberts appreciates you, Shaun!