5 Minutes With... | February 22, 2018
Allen Overturf, CFO Welsh Construction
As CFO of Welsh Construction, Allen Overturf has financial oversight for large scale projects as well as the company’s financial health - making sure the vision becomes reality and ensuring that the company’s growth trajectory continues. Throughout his career Allen has done this many times, with each challenging role building on the next. A risk taker and competitive athlete, Allen has not been one to stagnate. His continued push for higher goals made Scouts curious to learn more…
Q: If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?
A: I would choose to be a carpenter. To be given a challenge and have their skills and imagination to create something amazing in a short amount of time would be a fun skill to experience.
Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?
A: Set high goals, and push to achieve them. Pretty difficult to achieve a goal you didn’t set.
Q: What is your mantra?
A: Why do I put myself up to big challenges? “Because I can”
Q: How do you get yourself out of a slump?
A: Go for a long run, Nordic ski, or bike ride. Sign up for a race to light the fire for another goal. Exercise and goals keeps me balanced and inspired at work and home.
Q: What companies or leaders do you admire?
A: I admire any company that have leaders that are ethical and inspiring, and truly care about their employees at all levels. I’ve had the privilege to get to know many over the years.
Q: What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?
A: The biggest shift I’ve noticed is how information can tell a story. It used to be impressive to crunch through a lot of data and transactions just to get it done and move on to more work. Now the higher-level thinking look to interpret the data to quickly tell a story, which is a more valuable proactive vs reactive approach to support other departments and customers.
Q: Who has been most instrumental in your career?
A: I have personally been inspired by my friends that are also competitive athletes. They have shared many amazing accomplishments and stories about themselves that I have learned from, while balancing life in general. I’ve learned a lot from our chats while training together. The biggest challenge is to have a conversation during a swim workout, but with a kickboard my triathlete friends have figured out it is still possible!
Q: What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?
A: Any celebration with friends and family is always high on my list.