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Mark McCaulley, Bachmann Construction

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Mark McCaulley, project manager, Bachmann Construction.

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

For much of my career, I have overseen construction projects as an administrator representing the developer, so I have been involved from the developer’s point of view. Last year, I joined Bachmann Construction as a project manager. Now, I administer projects from the builder side, so I bring a unique perspective to the job site, having worked and partnered with large developers and now switching perspectives back to the construction side of the business. This is challenging as I work with a new crew, but extremely rewarding since I have the broad background and experience to view projects all the way from the developer’s initial thinking about a new project through the entire construction process to the end user. This gives me a unique perspective as I help our customers solve their problems and achieve their goals.

Bachmann Construction is a family-owned business, celebrating 65 years, and small enough to be reactionary and flexible to customer needs, which is rewarding for me. We share the same value system.

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

My parents and my siblings were very influential since I was one of the youngest. I grew up on a farm in Iowa County and learned strong work ethic and values from my family and teamwork as a way of life.

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

A satisfied customer is always the best high for me. The size of the project doesn’t matter. I enjoy meeting people we are going to be working with, building solid relationships with them, and making their projects come to life. When the project is finished, it is so satisfying to know “we built that” and that our client is delighted with the results.

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

Set your life principles and value systems early. I came up with mine, over time, but the sooner you define what is most important to you, the better you will do. My code is “Faith, Honesty, Humility, and Loyalty.” Figure out your value system and stick with it. Repeat it to yourself often. Write it down. Live by it. Do the right things and all else in business will follow.

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