Texas native Sara Allen was recently hired to work out of Sundt’s Fort Worth office as a Project Administrator.
After attending junior college, she enrolled in the pre-law program at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and earned a bachelor’s in paralegal studies.
Away from work, Sara loves sports, outdoor activities, and home renovations and decorating.
What was it about Sundt that encouraged you to apply here?
I actually married into the Sundt family. My husband was a Sundt superintendent working in Edinburg, Texas. The next 10 years was a shocking new way of life for me, traveling coast-to-coast every 6 to 18 months while he was working in both remote and “big city” military towns. Three years into moving, I was approached by the Operations Manager about a position opening at Sundt. At that time, it was a huge benefit having husband and wife combos working together in a division that had high travel demands. When moving this much, your project teams become your friends and family, so I fit in seamlessly and never looked back. This sense of family is what drove me to accept the position at Sundt.
What does a Project Administrator do?
In short, almost everything. You wear multiple hats and usually take on more than what is in your job description. Each project is different, so your skills are stretched to other positions when needed. Whether it’s project filing, payroll, job cost, change management, quantity reporting or managing risk, Project Administrators can be involved in just about all aspects of a project. Just don’t ask us to go outside and use a hammer; that might not turn out too well.
How are things going in our recently opened Fort Worth office?
Our team in Texas is dedicated to making our presence known in Dallas-Fort Worth/North Texas. It was imperative to have an office located here, and where better than next to the city-defining 7th Street Bridge that Sundt built in Fort Worth. Thanks to different Sundt divisions working together, we have this hallmark project paving the way for our future work in North Texas. Selecting great joint venture partners has also been a significant strategy in breaking into certain markets here. Texas is becoming one of the hottest markets in the United States, and we intend on capitalizing on its growth for all of our employee-owners.
Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
Hands down, my favorite spot is Lake City, Colorado. It is a very small, remote town nestled in the middle of large mountains above 14,000-foot elevation. My grandparents owned a vacation cabin there and we spent every summer enjoying the outdoors in that beautiful place. My most precious memories are in that town and still to this day, I long to be there whenever possible.
What kind of movies do you enjoy?
Any sci-fi movie about outer space, or action films.
What’s the best career advice you’ve received?
The best career advice that I received was not spoken to me, but shown by example. Both of my parents have had a dedicated and truthful work ethic throughout their own careers. I was blessed to be exposed to values such as these while growing up, and it makes a lasting impression on my work ethic each day.