Israel Ferrer CA ’21
What led you to become a student at NBSS?
I was led to NBSS by my intuition to learn more about the craftsmanship of carpentry and expand my knowledge of the construction industry.
What was the best part of your education?
Being able to have awareness of the majority of scenarios that can be encountered in the construction field. The program is very versatile in covering all aspects of construction that regards carpentry. It values many aspects of carpentry that have continued to guide and help me in my career.
What are you up to now?
Since graduating NBSS, I have scaled and grown IMF Strategic Developments, a full service general contractor company. We specialize in residential construction and cover all aspects of interior and exterior services. We strive to high standards and hold ourselves accountable to deliver on quality craftsmanship.
What advice do you have for NBSS students in your industry?
For the students in this industry of trades, I will say to always be open to any trade, and do not minimize your learning curve with a trade that you do not think will bring value. Every trade out there has its niche—guide yourself to always learn something new. Always carry yourself with professionalism, as you never know who you can meet on and off the field. The construction industry is a very wide field with many opportunities and ways to navigate. Find your WHY and strive for your accomplishments in this hard but rewarding industry.
Can you describe your work in just three words?
Life changing industry
Where do you get inspiration?
From my peers that came before me that left and imprinted their marks in this industry. I strive to leave my mark just like they did and keep the trades alive.
Favorite tool or machine?
Circular Saw or Compact
Owning my own business: IMF Strategic Developments Inc.
Best advice you’ve gotten?
Stay true to who you are, do not shy away from the battle.
Also, the 5 Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performances
Dream project or job?
Dream project would be to build a new construction house for one of the Red Sox MLB players.
Any advice for our graduating students?
Don’t hit the brakes. Reward yourself for completing such milestones, but stay ready and chase after what is yours.
Do not hesitate because you do not know something, time will be your best friend as it will teach you many lessons. You cannot learn 20 years of experience in one day: set goals to learn new tasks, by the time you know it, you will have learned a wide range of skills.