CEO Today - USA Awards 2022

CEO Today USA Awards 2022 - MINNESOTA - - 61 - It all began in a small garage in 1949 with two hardworking Midwesterners – John Bolton & Martin Menk. John Bolton, after nearly twenty years as a university engineering professor, reconnected with Martin Menk, his former student at Gustavus Adolphus College, in the spring of 1949. Martin was back in town after serving in WWII and both were ready for something new. They met one day, and the conversation landed on engineering. Questions were asked that would help start a long-lasting business: Was there room for a different kind of engineering company? A company dedicated to the needs of local towns and municipalities unable to afford their own full-time engineer? One week later, on June 13, 1949, Bolton & Menk was born. They saw people in their surrounding communities who had dreams of a bright future, a desire to grow, and a common challenge of aging infrastructure. John and Martin’s goal was to help communities make progress by listening to what people want, finding the best solutions for their needs, and treating them right. Their legacy lives on. What started in a humble garage in 1949 has flourished into one of the Midwest’s largest engineering firms, and we’re not done expanding our reach. Our employees take John and Martin’s example and are at the heart of everything we do – we’re real people providing real solutions. Our wide variety of services means we are a onestop-shop for engineering, planning, and design needs. We believe all people should live in safe, sustainable, and beautiful communities. Infrastructure systems are fundamentally linked to the extent to which communities are able to thrive. Infrastructure systems serving thriving communities are developed through embracing a diversity of people, thoughts, and experiences. It is our responsibility and privilege to embrace the diversity of people, thoughts, and experiences necessary to develop infrastructure systems that serve all people. Our team understands the value of face-toface meetings, friendly conversations, and a collaborative decision-making process to keep your projects focused on real, workable solutions. We drive the same roads, drink the same water, and live in the same communities as you do. Our team works together to make sure your projects are safe, sustainable, and beautiful. Giving our team members a platform to influence company decisions is at the core of how we operate. We have established a diverse set of thought-influencing teams that directly contribute to decisions made by our executive leadership. Our thought influencers carefully inspect every piece of the puzzle before placing it to make sure it’s the right fit. Bradley DeWolf CEO of Bolton & Menk

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