Volume 3: A Career in Construction
By Vince Kontny ($40)
Published 2013, 392 pages (full color)
The third in a four-volume series, this memoir covers the wide-ranging and adventurous career of its author in the global construction industry. The story begins when a Colorado farm boy hires on as a laborer to build a concrete grain elevator, follows him to railroad work in Alaska and into the Australian Outback.
After these early experiences in construction, the author records his life in the ranks of Fluor Corporation—an industry leader. When he retired as president and chief operating officer, Fluor was the larges engineering/construction company in the world. Readers will enjoy a vicarious journey as the author recounts the challenges and opportunities that presented themselves during construction projects on all seven continents.
Far from being a technical trade publication, this book offers real-life examples of how attitude and leadership can make all the difference between success and failure. Additionally, readers are offered a behind-the-scenes look at how large, public corporations can grow, stumble, right themselves and grow again based on decisions made at the top. Whether you’re interested in construction, leadership or are a student of management, this book provides significant insight along with global adventure.