Meet the Associate: Mel Pistor, Surveying Project Manager
Mel Pistor is a project manager and associate in MSP’s Surveying Department.
When did you come to MSP?
I started at MSP on November 7, 1993. Funny side note – Steve Roat interviewed me for the job and told me “thanks for coming in, but you’re not qualified.” He reminds me that statement is true to this day.
What is your role at MSP and what are your job responsibilities?
I basically run the “building permit” department meaning I work with builders and architects for new home construction, additions, teardowns, etc. This can also include parcel consolidations and parcel reconfigurations to accommodate custom builds. Some of the builders have also become developers which are now working with MSP on subdivisions and condo/townhome developments.
How long have you worked within this industry?
MSP has been my only job in the industry. Prior to MSP, I was in the Army where I served as a field artillery surveyor.
What does being an associate mean to you?
It means that ownership has taken notice of my dedication to MSP and one day hopefully will lead to being offered a chance to become an owner.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Working with the builder, architect, and homeowner as well as working with everyone at MSP to get the job done.
During your time at MSP what has been the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?
I would say working on the Reds and Bengals stadium. One day in the Reds stadium we decided to explore – we got lost in the lower levels and had to ask security how to get out. I had no idea how far below ground that stadium goes!
Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
My favorite type of music is Heavy Metal – from the classics like Dio, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Kings X, Megadeth to the newer stuff Pantera, System of a Down, Slayer, with my favorite band being Korn.
What is something that you enjoy doing outside of work?
Scuba diving and camping
How has your career grown since starting at MSP?
I started as Rick Nichols’ rodman. I worked with Rick and Carl Schazenbaker. Once Carl left I became Rick’s instrument man. When Rick made the transition into the office I became a crew chief. While working in the field I completed my college education at night and when the opportunity arose I took the exams to become a professional surveyor. In 2006 I made the transition into the office to help Jerry Keller with building permits.
What makes you proud to work at MSP?
I would say working with others at MSP to produce a quality product for our clients, and more importantly, making sure that those clients want to continue to use MSP for their needs.