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PROJECT PILOT WITH MARK NAPIER


Welcome to “Project Pilot,” a column designed to cover the “who, what and where” of construction projects in your region. Since this IS a Who’s Who, I should tell you a bit about me. Although it’s tough for me to talk about myself, the one thing I have no trouble sharing is my passion and knowledge of the construction industry.


I really can’t tell the story of my professional journey without a quick trip home. My father was an excavation contractor. As a teenager, I worked with my dad and learned a strong work ethic from his example. We were in the office at 7:00 in the morning and home by 7:00 or 8:00 at night. While my friends were out playing, I was laying sewer pipe, running water lines, eventually running bulldozers and backhoes. I had so much pride in my work. I’ve always tried to maintain that sensibility my dad instilled in me—up early, work hard and do what you have to do to get the job done.


I’ve remained committed to that standard, having worked up and down the eastern seaboard at companies big and small—from Gilbane, Lehrer McGovern Bovis and FMI Corp., to McGraw Hill Construction/Dodge and now, proudly, The Blue Book Network. My goal never wavered: find new and better ways to create efficiencies and to re-engineer processes to maximize accessibility. I am fortunate to have collaborated with some incredible teams and to have built a professional life drawing from a variety of areas: accounting, finance, construction, technology and operations. I even got my general aviation pilot’s license in 1994, a perfect avocation for someone with an affinity for detail, along with an eye on the horizon.


As I pass my two-year anniversary with The Blue Book Network, I am energized by the many improvements we’ve established. Applying my knowledge of the construction industry and project news processes, we built an editorial system from scratch. The engineering has allowed us to shore up news packages and hire more people. Just ahead in this issue, you can learn about one of the ways our team is making an impact through our national Architect Keystone Alliance® (AKA).


The key ingredients for success, as always, are passion, process and people—and understanding how to piece it all together. This has been my flight plan. I am excited to navigate the project landscape, sharing the 40,000-foot view of what’s happening in your region. I’d like to look at this as an informal state of the union, a conversation that will bring value to you and the important work you’re doing. From my perspective, the sky’s the limit.


Mark Napier Director of Project Information


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