Meet Sandmark’s Summer Intern: Aaron Appleman

Mark and I are very happy to have Aaron working for us again this summer, he has been a tremendous addition to the Sandmark team! We thought many of you would like to know a little more about Aaron. It is so nice to have a young adult wanting to go into the construction industry!

My name is Aaron Appleman and my hometown is Kill Devil Hills, NC. My family moved here from Raleigh when I was in second grade and I am so thankful for it. When we still lived in Raleigh, we drove to the beach every weekend to visit my Grandfather in order to help him build up his property rentals. After falling in love with this incredible sandbar, it was difficult to justify the countless trips back and forth. My parents decided to finally make the move.

My favorite part of the island is the beach. There’s no shortage of activities to do when your feet hit the sand. I enjoy surfing, swimming, and lounging in my bright green beach chair and I wouldn’t change it for the world. But, even though I love this little sandbar, I was excited to venture off and experience college. I recently finished my freshman year at East Carolina University and loved everything about it. Before I applied to ECU, I knew exactly what I wanted to study, Construction Management. My love for construction started during my sophomore year at First Flight High School when I enrolled in the first of four carpentry classes. The following summer, I was on my first job site with my Grandfather. During the first few weeks, I worked on getting comfortable with how intimidating the job site was and I honestly loved every moment of it. I’m fortunate enough to have fallen in love with a career in which I wake up and look forward to going to work every day.

Currently, I’m interning with Sandmark Custom Homes working under the General Contractor, Mr. Mark Martin. This experience has been incredibly fascinating and there hasn’t been a dull moment! I’ve learned everything from balancing multiple job sites, subcontractors, and clients to the easier tasks of knowing what to do to help make the subcontractors lives easier. Keeping the job site running effectively and efficiently has become a top priority for me.

When I graduate from ECU, I plan on moving to Wilmington and getting my General Contractors License to start my career. Now, what I plan to do once I have my general contractors license, I honestly have no idea. There’s such a broad range of things that interest me in the construction field that only time will tell what I’ll end up doing. For now, I’m going to continue learning as much as possible from every source I can get my hands on to better my future career.