Meet Steve Law, a superintendent at Cheever Construction Company (cheeverconstruction.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – Cheever Construction is an employee owned, commercial general contracting company. We collaborate with an owner and design team to bring together the necessary trade professionals to make the design come to life. We build everything from educational facilities, medical facilities, religious facilities, research labs, offices, restaurants, etc.
How did you get started in the business? – As a kid, I always had an interest in the building industry. I thought that architecture was the direction I wanted to pursue, until I took a tour of the UNL architecture program in my senior year of high school. I realized that I wanted to be on the other end of the equation and help bring the design to life. I luckily had a friend that was going into the Construction Management program, and I jumped in with him and have had zero regrets.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Being fresh out of college and being tasked with leading men/women that have more experience in the industry than I have years on this planet. What I found was that if you show you’re willing to do the work, and do your best to do so at a high level, they will have no problem following your lead.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Being brought onto the board of directors at Cheever Construction.
Tell us a little about your family. – I was fortunate enough to get married this past July, to my wife Abby after over four years of dating. We met at UNL where she was studying architecture, and we luckily had a class together in my last semester. She currently is in the process of completing her architecture licensing exams, after which she will be a certified architect. We moved back to Omaha in 2021 and are now in the process of looking to purchase our first home. I was raised by my parents Martie and Steve, and am the oldest brother to my sister, Zoe and my brother, Sam.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Being a couple years out of college and realizing/establishing a high level of self-confidence, both professionally and in my personal life.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I love starting the day by enjoying my Folgers coffee while it’s still dark out and enjoying the quiet. After that, any opportunity to enjoy the company of my friends and family, relaxing outdoors, is a great day.
Who inspires you? – Matt Risinger, Jamie and Erik Perkins and Tom Brady. The first three are builders I follow, and the latter needs no introduction. They all excel at their craft, exhibit excellence and push everyone around them to improve.
What is your favorite quote? – “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Great.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – It’s a Long Way to the Top (If you Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) by ACDC.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Rodney Dangerfield.