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05/17/2021

A rise to the top at Professional Drywall Construction

Nick Shaink looks back on a career and hitting the right goals.
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Nick Shaink

Professional Drywall Construction is celebrating the anniversary of one of its co-owners, vice president Nick Shaink.

Now in his 21st year with the company, Shaink started with PDC at age 15 working weekends and school vacations before becoming a co-owner of the company.

“My first job with PDC was when we were helping to build the Target store at the Holyoke Mall,” said Shaink. “My role was to remove all the trash on the site and keep things clean.”

After graduating from high school, Shaink started an apprenticeship and became a foreman at the company when he was 22. “I’ve worked pretty much every job in this company at one time or another over the past 21 years,” he says.

This includes overseeing large projects while serving as a foreman, general superintendent and project manager during his tenure with PDC. Jobs include the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Football Performance Center, Champions Center and Isenberg School of Management Business Innovation Hub, as well as the Roger L. Putnam Vocational School, the DCU Center renovations in Worcester, among other ventures.

“While working as a project manager in my early 30s, I realized I really wanted to own my own construction business someday,” continued Shaink. “I spoke for years with PDC Founder John Kendzierski about my long-term goals.”

 

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When the time was right, friend and now co-owner Ron Perry, took over the company with Shaink in 2018. “I never could have guessed when I was hauling trash at 15 that this is where I would be a few decades later,” he says. 

Dedicated to giving back to the community, Shaink heads up numerous charitable efforts at PDC, including their annual golf tournament, which raises money for a different charity every year. 

Professional Drywall Construction is based in Springfield, Mass.