A Vietnam veteran, a superintendent with 47 years’ experience, and a dedicated family man, building community, teamwork and helping others comes naturally to Al Poole. He is very active in supporting homeless veterans in his hometown of Albany, New York and brings this purpose and commitment to the workplace every day as he is currently managing Windover’s fourth Veteran’s Supportive Housing project in Brockton, Massachusetts. When Al is back home in Albany, he loves to spend time with his family, watch football, and enjoys going to the Albany Devils hockey games with his daughter.
What is your favorite thing about working for Windover?
Windover empowers its people to coordinate large, complex projects and manage them as if they were our own [company]. This means that it is up to me, the superintendent, to guard my client’s budget without cutting any corners and delivering the highest quality outcome on time and within that given budget.
What is your favorite part of your job?
There are so many moving components with every project. My favorite part is making sure that the project is on schedule and coordinating the trades so that as one subcontractor finishes the next can start so the schedule flows and the subcontractors can work efficiently without being rushed or stressed by the schedule.
If you were building your dream home, what would you include?
It’s simple. My dream home would be an apartment for my wife and myself when we retire and no mortgage. But, I don’t see myself retiring anytime soon!
What has been your favorite community service project?
Two of my favorite community service projects while working at Windover are Valley Brook Village and the Howard House. Being a Vietnam vet and being part of the good work that Windover and Peabody Properties are providing with supportive housing and total services to our veterans is truly rewarding.
In addition, every year I participate at the annual veterans “Stand Down” near my home. This event, headed by the local ELKS club, brings together all of the different Veteran Service Organizations providing all of the necessary services, clothing, and other items for the homeless and at-risk veterans in the thirteen counties in and around Albany, NY. This year I will be missing the “Stand Down” as I will be traveling with some of my Vietnam buddies to Washington D.C. to participate in the final cleaning of the Vietnam Wall for this year.