January 23. 2018 3:51PM

Ben Martin • 35 • Spofford

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Work hard and be nice. It’s rare that success isn’t driven by a lot of hard work and diligence, but success is also built on relationships. Relationships thrive on kindness and respect, and that’s something I’ve tried to live by — day to day and in shaping my career path.

Why did you choose your profession?

I’ve always had a passion for problem solving. I was lucky enough to have some observant and insightful mentors and they helped steer me toward engineering. Also, I’ve always enjoyed building things; I built with Lego’s when I was a kid, and I enjoy woodworking now as an adult. Civil engineering held enormous appeal to me, as the result of my work is a tangible piece of the built environment. It’s a thrill for me to drive down a highway or through a roundabout and revel in the fact that I played a role in its creation. (Though I suspect my wife and kids are tired of hearing about it.)

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I’ve been very fortunate that both my family and community have presented me with many wonderful opportunities. Volunteering is a great way to give back and open up opportunities to those who may not have had the same fortune I have had.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Trust your instincts. I tend to be careful and deliberate in most of my decision making, but I often second guess decisions after I’ve made them. My instincts have served me well to date, and I could have saved myself a lot of worry and heartache if I had trusted in them more. Even though I have made some mistakes and bad decisions, I don’t regret them. They have been excellent learning opportunities.

What was your last major achievement?

Promoted to my current role at CHA (November 2016).

Volunteer activities: Board of Directors at Keene Family YMCA.