Bob Waller completed Pickaway-Ross’ carpentry program in 1995 and 20 years later, he’s still a part of the career center.
The owner of R.L. Waller Construction Inc., Bob was hired as project manager for Pickaway-Ross’ 2013-2014 project house. In this role, he's helping behind the scenes to aid the building process overall and keep students and instructors on track to finish the house faster.
“I’m helping with purchasing, getting all the bids for the sub-trades and getting the permits from the city,” he said. He also provides the invaluable insight of his experience and, when needed, loans equipment to the project.
He stops by the site often and said he enjoys seeing the next generation of carpenters at work.
“You can definitely tell the ones who are trying to do a good job.”
Bob, whose grandfather also built houses, said his involvement with carpentry started at a young age.
“I was always around woodworking and building stuff. When I applied to Pickaway-Ross, I only listed carpentry; there was no second choice.”
His love of carpentry translated into skill. As a student, Bob represented Pickaway-Ross in the SkillsUSA competition, advancing to the national competition and winning first place.