Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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According to Fuglevand, "construction is a people business." (Photo: Christiana Childers.) 14 Utility Contractor | March/April 2018 M ark Fuglevand was born to work in the construction industry. Fuglevand is a fourth- generation contractor whose roots in the business can be traced back to Norway, from which his grandfather emigrated. As a child growing up in Montana, Fuglevand's father owned a general contracting company, and Mark, the youngest of nine children, would spend time on weekends with his father visiting jobsites. They spent time checking progress on job sites and Mark learned how projects were built and how each piece of equipment was used. The main element he inherited was his father's love of construction and respect for the people performing the work. After pursuing an engineering degree in college – he earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Montana State University-Bozeman – Fuglevand migrated west to Seattle, Washington, where he began his career as a consulting engineer, not knowing he was destined to be a contractor. Thirty-three years later – and after a few career twists and turns – Fuglevand, now a project manager with KBA Inc., is putting his construction experience to good use as the incoming chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). Fuglevand officially accepted the gavel from outgoing chairperson Kara Habrock of L.G. Roloff Construction at the 2018 NUCA Annual Convention and Exhibit, March 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas. Habrock says that Fuglevand is a good fit for his new role as NUCA chairman. "What makes Mark a good leader is that he doesn't have a 'defined' leadership style," she said. "He uses his many strengths to adapt his leadership to what the situation calls for. I admire his ability to be direct while being supportive and empowering, and he is very team-oriented. "As I have worked with Mark on the Executive Committee over the last four years, I've appreciated the fact that he is always prepared and informed. He is a very good listener and he's analytical – this means he asks great questions and is a good problem solver." Taking the Reins Mark Fuglevand Set to Guide NUCA as 2018-19 Chairman By Jim Rush

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