The last time there was a lull in the economy, Mark Tredo used his spare time to earn his private pilot’s license.
In the current recession, he’s focused more on business matters.
Tredo, a project manager at Opus North Corp., Milwaukee, has spent most of his two and a half years at the firm working on Marquette University’s Zilber Hall. Now that the $27 million project is complete, Tredo, 38, once again has some time on his hands, time he’s using to expand his role in the firm’s business development sector.
“It’s an area of the company that’s really gaining momentum,” he said.
Tredo’s pilot’s license has fallen by the wayside now that he and his wife of 11 years are parents to three boys — ages 3, 7 and 9 — but he’d like to get back to flying when the time is right, he said.
This month we had questions for Tredo, and he was willing to answer.
What is the first concert you went to?
Kenny Rogers. But the first concert I paid to go to without my dad was Rush.
What is your most treasured possession?
My private pilot certificate, but I should probably include my marriage license and college diploma as well so I can showcase my family and career priorities along with my selfish pursuits.
What is your favorite website and why?
Toss up between Google Earth and YouTube. I love zooming out from my house to 100,000 feet and panning anywhere in the world at the speed of light and then zooming in to some exotic locale, while listening to music from YouTube, which is open on a different browser. I can kill some serious time doing this.
Who are your heroes?
Those who serve noble causes greater than their own, like members of our military — which include my father and father-in-law — but also dedicated teachers and farmers. Courageous, selfless, hard-working folks.
What do you miss most about your childhood?
What is your greatest extravagance?
A timeshare in Cabo. It’s over the top. My wife and I got it on our honeymoon. We sold ridiculously inflated tech stocks to buy it right before the bottom fell out in 2000. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.
What trait do you like in others?