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Andrew McCready, WPS Health Solutions

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Andrew McCready, director of facility operations, WPS Health Solutions.

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

At WPS Health Solutions, I am responsible for the oversight of design, construction, and facility operations for our 15 properties. The most challenging aspect of my job thus far has been learning our unique lines of business and helping to create a strategy to better address our corporate facility needs.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is witnessing the direct impact that our facilities team has on the lives of our employees. I always enjoy walking through our sites and talking with other WPS employees to learn of their challenges and discover how the facility operations team can help to support their roles. At the end of the day, we are here to serve our veterans and active service members, and I take great pride in the important work we do.

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

As an architect living in Wisconsin, I have a deep admiration for Frank Lloyd Wright. He was ahead of his time, both in his architectural ideas and in constructing his image and persona as an architect. Even today, his unique brand remains recognizable to the masses. Frank was unapologetic for his new ideas, dismissed his doubters, and continued to challenge industry norms. One of my fondest memories was the summer I spent interning at Fallingwater, perhaps his most famous work.

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

When I was 5 years old, my mother read me a book that followed an architect through the process of designing and building a house. I still identify this as a key driver for my career path. Fast forward a few decades — after completing my education, sitting for seven exams, and completing required internships, the highlight of my career was the day I received my license to practice architecture.

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

Like many people at 21, I probably thought I knew everything, and it turns out I knew almost nothing. Other than telling myself to buy as much Apple stock as I could afford at 21, I would challenge myself to learn something new every day.

What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

Dane County is a pretty special place to live and work. I relocated from St. Louis two years ago and immediately fell in love with Madison. It’s tough to beat a green city surrounded by lakes. I enjoy visiting the Dane County Farmers’ Market during the warmer months. It is an amazing experience to interact directly with the farmers and a great opportunity to support local businesses. You will always find my wife and I there on a Saturday morning “hunting” morel mushrooms in the early summer months.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

My wife and I recently renovated our home and were appropriately surprised to discover my affinity for wallpapering. Interesting discovery.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Easy — all things cheese. I’ve really embraced the Wisconsin way. In fact, my wife and I showcased 30 pounds of fresh local cheese curds for our guests to enjoy at our wedding this past summer.

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