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Tony Bilich, operations manager, CM Morris Group Inc.

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Tony Bilich, operations manager, CM Morris Group Inc.

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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

The most challenging aspect of my job is managing our project schedules and staffing them accordingly. We have a lot of moving pieces in our company all over the Midwest, and weather and temperatures dictate almost everything we do. We have to be extremely flexible and think outside the box every single day. The most rewarding aspect of my job is our employees and our business partners. We have built a great core of employees who put safety and quality first, which has allowed us to work on the finest construction projects in the Midwest.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

There are a lot of people I admire or look up to in business but the following three people positively impacted my career for different reasons.

  1. Joe Battisfore, Army platoon sergeant. Training, organization, and preparedness allow decision making in challenging situations easier.
  2. Niall Geoghegan, plant manager. Always challenge the status quo, while improving safety and quality, with complete company involvement.
  3. Linda Bilich, mother. She recently retired from Michigan Tech University and always was a dedicated employee who balanced work life and family life.

3. What has been the high point of your career so far?

Working on the new Lambeau Field additions and improvements. I have been a die-hard Packer fan my whole life, and spending a year working on the new stadium improvements was a blast. It is a connection with the Packers I will have my entire life!

4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Focus on the big picture and appreciate every person on your journey. As I got older and part of the real world I couldn’t believe how much effort and passion leaders, managers, coaches put into their respective jobs. I have so much respect for my boss at the golf course, my professors, my military leaders, my sports coaches, and my parents for keeping the train always moving forward.

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