Tony Evangelista, Northstar

Describe your current job.

Tony Evangelista: My primary role is the senior manager – business development at Northstar; however, I’m also heavily involved with estimating projects and working with our project managers and construction teams in the execution of awarded jobs.

What are your areas of responsibility?

TE: Primarily and from a global perspective it would be client relations, and helping to develop Northstar as a business. On a day-to-day basis, I’m involved with bidding, estimating, submissions and project execution.

How did you get to where you are now?

TE: Eight years ago, a friend that I was working with as a consultant asked if I’d be interested in working with a company that installed piles. My response was, “Piles of what?” I had no background or understanding of what I may be getting into. A lunch was set up with the president of the company and we hit it off. At the end of lunch, I asked him to drive me home, which elicited a strange look, but he agreed. When we arrived he realized why I’d made this request; a piling company was working across the street driving H-piles for a retaining wall. We got out and spent a good amount of time watching them and I got my first lesson in what we do. I’ve never looked back.

What’s your educational background?

TE: I spent eight years in college and university studying sports therapy and rehabilitation. I still get some odd looks from civil/structural engineers when I pass on my business card.

What do you love about your job?

TE: It’s always changing. It’s always different. Monday I may be working on a bid for a gas plant in B.C., and then Tuesday conducting a lunch presentation to a group of engineers. Wednesday I may be completing a pre-qualification for a civil/industrial project in Saskatchewan, and then Thursday running out to a site to meet with a client. I might finish Friday by working with a project manager on the planning for another project that was just awarded. It’s a very dynamic environment.

What does a typical day look like for you?

TE: It starts early and usually ends after dinner. The hours can be long, but I never feel stressed about my job. Multi-tasking is an integral part of what I do because I’m involved in several different areas of what Northstar does. Because I’ve been with the company so long I do find that I’m asked for my opinion. That’s perhaps the most satisfying aspect of what I do – being included and being asked for your thoughts and feedback.


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