Ben Heidemann, Town and Country Engineering
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Ben Heidemann, P.E., vice president, Town and Country Engineering.
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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is working as the engineer for many small communities around southern Wisconsin. I was born and raised in small town Waterloo, Wis., and I really enjoy working with and spending time in these small communities.
The most challenging part of my job is balancing the needs of my clients on a day-to-day basis, as well as making sure projects get completed in a timely manner. In any given day, at any given time I can get a call from a client needing help with operating, construction, or a myriad of other issues. An essential aspect of my job is to make sure every one of my clients has their questions answered or problems solved quickly so as not to disrupt the overall function of their treatment plant and operations. It is important to me that my clients always know I am available to them even if there is not a major project going on in their community.
2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I strongly admire the men in my life who have given me an example of strong work ethic, including my dad and my grandfathers. I feel that their example has helped me to develop my own strong work ethic, impacting my work in a very positive way.
3. What has been the high point of your career so far?
The high point of my career thus far has been the opportunity to learn and take on a large amount of responsibility very rapidly, resulting in becoming a partner at the age of 26 and vice president of Town and Country Engineering at the age of 28. I have been surrounded by a very experienced group of mentors who have facilitated my learning and encouraged my growth.
4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Learn to limit yourself. Your time is valuable and you should treat it that way. Trying to participate in too many things and fill every hour of every day is not healthy.