Employee Spotlight: John Krobath, LS

At DAA, we are proud to be a values-oriented firm. We are fortunate to employ exceptional professionals in the industry who make it their mission to live out our firm’s values through their work, in their personal lives, and in the community. This quarter, we are pleased to highlight John Krobath, Senior Survey Team Leader, who is a valued leader on our Survey team. Let’s learn more about him below:


John Krobath

John Krobath, LS

Title: Senior Survey Team Leader

Division: Survey

Hometown: Beltsville, MD

Birthday: November 30


How long have you been with the firm and what inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates?
I have been with Draper Aden Associates for over three years. I joined Draper Aden Associates in the Manassas office because I saw the potential for building the office and having the Draper Aden name recognized as the go-to consultant in the northern Virginia region.


Please share a few details with us about your role at DAA.  I am the survey team leader for the Manassas office. We service the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas. I have expanded the survey team from two people when I joined the firm to a current team of seven.


What is your favorite part about working for DAA in 3 words?
Camaraderie, opportunity, and challenging


Is there a special project that really stands out to you or one that you’ve worked on that you’re most proud of?
During my time at Draper Aden Associates, the project that stands out is the Loudoun County Hospital 9-story new patient wing.


What is one of the firm’s core values that resonate most with you and why?
Responsiveness – I respond to the needs of our clients while working diligently to keep the client’s projects on schedule and eliminate conflicts before they become costly issues.


Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
I believe that you reap positive benefits from your employees if you explain why you are asking them to perform a task rather than just telling them what to do.


Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.
I am a Licensed Surveyor in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and North Carolina, a past president of the Virginia Association of Surveyors, and I am a very proud grandfather of 4.


What is your favorite travel spot?
Aulani Disney Resort, Hawaii


If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
The grand marshal for the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade


Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?
At a firm where I was working during a time of very low unemployment, I made the statement that anyone who was not working was not trying hard enough to find a job. What I did not realize was one of the staff members I was talking to, their spouse was out of work.


What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with DAA?
At Draper Aden, I would like to improve internal communication, create a succession plan for my team, and become a shareholder.


What advice do you have for prospective DAA job candidates?
At Draper Aden, you will be challenged to expand your skills and will need to bring your best.


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