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Behind the Desk: Ronald E. Burk

Burk

Address: 1126 Eighth Ave. Altoona

Telephone number: 944-5035

Position: Associate/office manager of Altoona and Lewistown offices

Years with company: 31 years

Family: Wife, Bonnie; daughter, Olivia; son, Ben; and dog, Molly

What products or services does your company provide?

The EADS Group, Inc. provides engineering, architecture and design services. We offer a full range of services including transportation, environmental, water/wastewater, surveying and mapping, site development, architecture, structures, construction inspection and planning services.

Who are your customers?

Since 1955, we’ve had a wide client base in the public and private sector, including PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, over 100 municipal clients and numerous private developers.

What is your business day like?

Busy! Between the Altoona and Lewistown offices, I manage over 75 engineers, technicians, surveyors, construction inspectors and administrative staff, along with developing new business and overseeing day to day activities.

What is the best business advice you have received?

Listen to your clients and be responsive.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned on the job?

Work hard and stay focused — opportunities and good things will come your way.

What does the future hold?

The engineering/architectural business looks very favorable. With our strong economy everyone is building or completing infrastructure improvements. With new technologies being developed it is an exciting time to be an engineer.

What have you read lately that has influenced your business life?

The Ideal Team Player (by Patrick Lencioni) has influenced what traits I look for when hiring new employees and, in general, making wise decisions in managing my staff.

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