40 Under 40 The Class of 2010

Chester Wojcik

Chester Wojcik: 39

President, Design Construction Group

Chester Wojcik grew up with a family motto that said, “it is important to put a smile on someone’s face every day.” That principle, combined with his desire to give back to the community and build positive relationships, is a cornerstone of Wojcik’s life.

He devotes a tremendous amount of time to volunteer work and said his understanding of its value was made clear during childhood. “So many people gave to me when I was growing up — coaches, family members, people in church, and business associates in the town,” he said, remembering his first job working for a small company in Agawam.

The construction business formed by the North Carolina State graduate specializes in urban revitalization and historic preservation of buildings. He is passionate about the work and belongs to a variety of related organizations, including Springfield Preservation Trust, which is dedicated to community involvement.

Wojcik’s father was a volunteer for Junior Achievement, and he has followed the family tradition as a volunteer on that organization’s board, which he describes as “a cause very near and dear to my heart.” He has conducted mock interviews for Springfield students and is on JA’s long-term planning committee.

The small-business owner and father of two (son Tyler and daughter Emily) describes himself as a “very hands-on person.”

That comes into play in his work for Habitat for Humanity and United Way. “I am very involved, whether it is doing a local cleanup or working on projects that Habitat and the United Way do together,” Wojcik said.

He loves to fish and is a board member of Marathon Basin Yacht Club. Another group that benefits from Wojcik’s participation is the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, where he says members are dedicated to helping each other attain success.

“I really enjoy networking and being involved in social and civic events. What I do comes back to good Christian values and holding myself to a higher standard,” said Wojcik, who is a deacon at First Baptist Church of Agawam. “Building relationships is everything.”—Kathleen Mitchell