While some people’s dream jobs involve working in the office, that’s not the case for Alex Raver. The superintendent for Hunzinger construction started out in 2011 as an assistant project manager. He worked on the CUNA Mutual Group corporate headquarters projects in Madison and on various projects for the Pewaukee School District.
In 2016, Raver left the office for his first post in the filed as a site superintendent for the Uline office and distribution center in Pleasant Prairie.
He hasn’t looked back since.
“I enjoy being out in the field a lot more and managing the field aspect,” Raver said. “It’s mostly being able to be out on the jobsite and managing those activities versus doing the paperwork side, if you will.”
He’s now a superintendent overseeing the construction of two buildings at the entertainment plaza being established for the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena.
Raver says what he enjoys the most about his work is the problem-solving.
“I like getting to see the problem, solving the problem and kind of see what the puzzle looks like at the end of the day, when it’s all done,” he said.
Part of Raver’ success comes from his drive and great work habits, said Scott Wendt, a project manager at Hunzinger who has worked with Raver since his first day at the firm.
“You can tell he’s a farm boy from Illinois,” said Wendt. “He likes to get to the jobsite bright and early.”
Raver said one of the biggest influences on his work has been Will Wright, a project superintendent at Hunzinger. Raver spent more than a year working with him, giving him a perfect opportunity to see how Wright managed the superintendent role.
“The first thing I noticed is that he brought immediate value to the team,” Wright said. “Normally you expect you will just be training and teaching these guys.”
Wright also noted Raver’s passion and eagerness to learn.
“You find yourself wanting to share your knowledge and experience with him,” Wright said. “You want to be part of seeing him reach his potential.”
Wendt said Raver’s stand-out trait is his generosity.
“He is the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back in the middle of winter,” he said.