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Meet the Crew – George Cullen

Posted By Tiffany Scuglik On September 21, 2017

George Cullen is a Project Manager in JP Cullen’s Industrial Division.  George has clients in the Power Industry as well as Manufacturing Industry.  Currently, George is managing Power jobs throughout the State of Wisconsin and also the SHINE Medical Technologies Building One project in Janesville, WI.  George has been at JP Cullen for 2 years.  Before joining JP Cullen, George worked for an HVAC company for 3 years in California.  George received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and his Masters in Construction Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

George is also very active in JP Cullen’s Business Development.  He is a board member for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Wisconsin Innovation Awards.  George is also Wisconsin’s Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing’s Honorary Commander and is a Junior Achievement Instructor at Janesville Craig High School.

1. What caused you to get into your profession?

I got into the construction industry for a number of reasons. The first reason is I grew up around it my whole life and was always interested in how construction projects came together. It impressed me driving around with my grandpa and dad as they pointed out projects they were involved with and the impact these buildings made in communities. I wanted to be a part of something like that. As I learned more about the construction industry, I also appreciated the different types of people you get to interact with and the different aspects of the business. For example, I enjoy getting into the details of the financial side of projects, but also getting to learn from our field people on the work put in place in the field.

2. What is your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement was being named to the executive team at my employer prior to JP Cullen. I was able provide a lot of value to the business and because of this they valued my opinion on strategic goals for the company. I learned a lot working for this company and greatly appreciate the opportunity they gave me.

3. Who has been most inspirational to you in your career?

My dad has been the most inspirational to me in my career. He is my number one mentor and I continue to learn from him. I am inspired by the effort and focus he brings to everything he does. He also is willing to share lessons learned he has had over 40 years of being in the construction industry which is invaluable. I do not imagine I will ever get to the point where I do not seek his opinion on a major decision. We do not always agree which is healthy but he does a great job of providing an insight I may be overlooking at times.

4. What is 1 thing no one knows about you?

Well this is pretty well known within JP Cullen, but for people who do not know me, it would be that I am an avid Chicago Bears fan. When I was going to school out east or working out west, whenever I told people I was from Wisconsin just about the first question they would ask was “are you a Packer fan?” and they always had a disappointed look when I said no I am a Bears fan. The Bears have been far behind the Packers for most of my life so it has not always been easy, but I am ever the optimist that some day we will have the upper hand.

5. What is the funniest moment in your career?

It is hard to point to one exact item because it seems like whether it is in our Monday morning Industrial meeting or at a jobsite safety lunch we always have something to laugh about at certain times. I would not say it was funny at the time but looking back at it there were funny moments while I did my couple of summer stints in process improvement. It was my first time working in construction and being one of the bosses kid everyone had to give me a hard time. Whether it be Jim Gilbertson trying to distract me while I was filming his concrete crew at one of the parking ramps, Devin Wilson turning the camera around every time I walked away from it while his crew was being filmed, or the rebar installer calling me some pretty colorful names because he did not want to get filmed. Our ultimate goal when filming work is to find out ways to make the work easier and once I was able to show them I was there to help, they did a great deal to help me out with learning their process and finding ways to improve it. It was an awesome experience to learn our self-performed work.