Long-time JLLer manages 40 buildings in 40 years
Director of Engineering, Bill Schuch celebrates successful career with JLL
Bill Schuch is no stranger to the concept of job longevity. This year he’s celebrating 40 years with JLL. But Bill didn’t start out in the realm of real estate. He worked in a meatpacking plant and later moved into a position in dock work, loading and unloading for Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
Eager to find a trade career path, Bill joined the local union stationary apprentice training program where he began his longstanding career at JLL as an Operating Engineer Trainee.
As a true example of the culture of growth that JLL fosters, Bill has held five positions at the company and has managed over 40 buildings. From Operating Engineer Trainee, to Assistant Chief Engineer, to Chief Engineer, to Operations Manager, Bill has averaged 2-5 years in each role with his current and longest role being a Regional Engineering Manager, a title he has held for 26 years.
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Bill supports the engineering platform by assisting with client acquisitions and transitions through consultations and client interfacing. His favorite aspects of his position are the people he works with, knowledge sharing and working with teams to resolve complex problems.
“I love working with the managers and the engineering teams,” he said. “It is rewarding to watch people develop and help the business grow.”
Bill looks at the challenges he faces as a fun part of his job and maintains the mantra that the challenges are “nothing that you can’t overcome.” He tackles every unfamiliar task with the perspective of having an opportunity to grow his career. In fact, the challenging aspects of the job, he said, are the reason he’s been with JLL for this long. “I love knowing that the work will be different every day. I don’t have an MBA and didn’t go to college, but I get to work with some of the smartest people in the industry,” he said. His advice for those beginning their careers: "Stay current with education and technology.”