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Paul Chang Makes History for the Hispanic Latin@ Community in San Diego
October 12, 2021
It’s a momentous year for the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. As the organization marks this incredible milestone, Balfour Beatty’s Paul Chang is making history of his own, serving as the San Diego chapter’s first Hispanic president.
Currently serving his second term as president, Paul has been a longstanding member of the organization and its board of directors for more than 13 years. In this role, Paul aims to promote education, fellowship and professional development for ASPE members and the industry alike.
On his involvement with ASPE, Paul says, “Balfour Beatty has always supported this organization in many ways including monthly events or seminars. I am very grateful to Balfour Beatty for sponsoring ASPE’s annual golf tournament and our 50th Anniversary Gala.”
Originally from Peru, Paul holds a technical degree in diversified tool and die stamping, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and is a Certified Professional Estimator. He began working in the mechanical industry in Sao Paulo, Brazil for one year and then in Nagoya, Japan for two years. In the late 1990s, Paul transitioned to work in the construction industry, beginning his career as an estimator in training with a Dallas-based general contractor.
Now with 24 years of experience, Paul’s diverse market expertise includes educational facilities, hospitals, military projects and civic facilities, among others. In his current role with Balfour Beatty, Paul is responsible for preparing budgets, estimates and pre-bid packages for clients across Southern California.
Paul’s diverse perspectives and industry experiences give him a holistic understanding regarding the full lifecycle of projects and insights into creating a rewarding and successful building experience for all project partners. He has an instinctive passion to teach and innovate, fueled by a relentless curiosity and drive to employ best practices.
As the construction industry continues to advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, leaders like Paul will be at the forefront of ensuring the next generation of industry professionals represents a vaster and richer array of cultures, backgrounds and experiences that will make the industry stronger and more innovative.