November 1, 2011
October 24, 2011
Eric Hedlund has been with Sundt for more than two decades, making him a prominent figure and well-known thought leader in the construction industry. On Oct. 1, he and his colleague Mike Hoover were promoted to serve the company as dual chief operating officers (more here). While we know a lot about Eric from a professional standpoint, we wanted to take a moment to get to know him better personally. So we asked our new COO a few questions, and here’s what we learned:
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I really liked basketball. I wanted to be on the Olympic basketball team! But in terms of a career, when I graduated from high school, I didn’t even know what a career in engineering would be like. I used college to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I liked math and science, and engineering was a natural extension of those. However, as I worked on engineering internships in college, construction quickly became my passion.
What’s your favorite book? My favorite books are the “Jack Ryan” books by Tom Clancy.
How do you like to spend your free time? Playing golf, reading and exercising.
If you could build anything, what would you build? I would love to have been part of the movement of the London Bridge. I think that project would have been a lot of fun to work on. I also enjoy research labs; the ones we’ve built have been really fascinating for me. If I could build anything, I would want to be involved in a very technical research building that’s purpose is to do research for the betterment of mankind.
Where in the world would you most like to visit? Scandinavia, because my family roots originate there.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here? The quality of the people and the philosophy of the company. It fits very well with my personal approach of being team-based and focused on the greater whole. Each individual benefits from making the whole team successful. That’s the defining element of the ‘Sundt Experience.’
October 18, 2011
Beyond the projects on the job site, Sundt works hard on a mix of projects that build relationships among its team members as well as joint-venture partners, subcontractors and people looking to launch or continue their construction careers with our company.
Recently, Sundt’s Talent Acquisition Department met with representatives from state, local, and non-profit agencies at our Phoenix office for an informational luncheon focused on diversity recruitment and hiring. For many years, Sundt has been sending out letters to agencies and organizations noting our diversity hiring goals; however, as a leader in diversity, we realized that we needed to take our initiatives to another level and make closer relationship-building-focused connections with the representatives of these constituencies. Networking meetings and luncheons like this one are among the many ways we work with agencies and organizations to support our efforts to recruit and hire greater numbers of women, veterans, African Americans and other minority candidates seeking jobs in the construction industry.
Among the attendees at this luncheon were Danny Meehan of DES Veterans’ Business Services; DJ Randal of Maximus; Tamara Floyd of OIC; Nina Lindsay of St. Joseph the Worker; Micah Peterson and Teddy McDaniel of the Greater Phoenix Urban League; Michelle Harrison of AWEE; Daniel Adonis of the Maricopa Skill Center.
October 11, 2011
We’re pleased to welcome two new additions to the Sundt team: Scot Bennett and Angela Tombolini. Both will work to further business development efforts from their respective markets.
Scot will work as a business development representative, dedicating his time to procuring larger, complex construction projects for our construction company. Based in Tempe, Scot comes to Sundt with more than a decade of design and business development experience. More…
As an administrator in the Sacramento office, Angela will be responsible for planning and proposal support for the business development team, as well as market research and outreach. She has worked in the construction and real estate industries for nearly 10 years and is an active member of the Planning, Policy and Urban Development League. More…
August 5, 2011
Eric Hedlund (left) and Mike Hoover (right)
Sundt Construction, Inc. has promoted long-time employees Mike Hoover and Eric Hedlund to serve as the company’s dual COOs, effective Oct. 1. Mike and Eric’s promotions split construction project management of Sundt’s operations between them, creating an optimized organizational structure in light of our growth and expansion to new markets.
Mike now oversees our heavy civil, mining & industrial, concrete, masonry and safety/quality groups. Joining Sundt in 1978 to work on industrial and heavy civil construction projects, Mike previously served as senior vice president and heavy civil group manager. More…
Eric now oversees our California, Southwest, Texas, Federal and special project groups. Employed by the construction company since 1987, Eric previously served as senior vice president and building group manager, overseeing and leading six of Sundt’s business units. More…
Sundt Construction, Inc. welcomes Rick Belanger and Jeff Williamson to the team.
The general contractor hired Jeff Williamson as senior vice president and manager of civil construction projects. In his role, Williamson will lead the heavy civil division to meet its expansion goals, both in terms of work portfolio and presence in new geographic areas.
This is not the first time that Williamson has been part of the Sundt team. In the early 1990s, he served the company for five years as project engineer and construction project manager, respectively. For the past 15 years, Williamson worked at Ames Construction leading Southwest operations. During his tenure, he helped Ames grow its annual volume from $28 million to $242 million.