Trenchless Technology

NOV 2018

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W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 29 N O R T H A M E R I C A N M I C R O T U N N E L I N G 2 0 1 8 R E V I E W Transitioning to the boss role can have its perks too. A few years ago, Huxted Tunneling had a large diam- eter microtunnel project adjacent to the White House. In order to access the project , Acosta had to be cleared at the entrance. " I had to walk up Executive Drive to get to the job and I had this mo - ment like, WOW! A Cuban immigrant started this company, I 'm second generation American , and I 'm in the White House driveway walking to our project! It was unreal ," Acosta says. " I don't have a favorite project , but that was a favorite moment . For us as a family, and for the company this was a big deal ." Gutierrez and his wife Marta built a legacy for their family, but part of that involved family members strik- ing out on their own. Two of Acosta's three brothers work for the company, both taking wide turns before circling back home. John Gutierrez , vice presi- dent and equipment manager, started as an operator, became a golf pro, and did a short stint in online book sales before coming back as an operator. He then finished school and came on as equipment manager. Brian Gutierrez is the property manager, and recently graduated college. He started out in architecture school , before attend- ing the Culinary Institute of America to become a chef. He then went on to work as a background actor in Los An- geles before coming home to work in the shop. After graduating Princeton, Acosta worked in sports marketing for sev- eral years before coming home to join the family business and ultimately go to law school . " It was funny because the company was called the Gazelle Group, but the group was my boss and me. So, I was exposed right away to what – for our firm – were some very high-level meetings. I gained a sense of confidence at a meeting table at a very young age – I was asked to lead meetings with executives for NBA , NFL and MLB teams. I can enter a room; I don't find a corner. I learned to walk into a room and engage peo - ple. I learned it at work and I learned it from my dad who always said that a room full of people is a room full of opportunity." As for the third generation, it 's too early to tell . " Just like me, they 'll either come to the family business naturally or they won't . I think it 's the same for my siblings: we'll expose them to what we can, and they either like it or they don't . This may not be the business for everybody and that 's okay." As the interview winds down, Acosta tells me that he shares a quote with the entire company every Friday. "I'll quote from a Rocky movie, a book, a bath- room partition...I do it to say, 'Hey take 5 minutes to reflect on this, even if you don't like it.' I think it helps continue our message as a family business." This article was written by Zoe Baldwin, Director, Government Affairs & Communications for the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association (UCTA). It originally appeared in Utility & Transportation Contractor magazine and is being reprinted with permission.

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