The Class of 2019

Lukasz Szpakowski

Project Manager, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; Age 36
Education: Central Connecticut State University (BS)

Lukasz Szpakowski

Lukasz Szpakowski

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, a fireman, and a policeman. The choice of careers changed a few times, and in the end, a passion for constructing and building took over and turned into a construction-management career with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

How do you define success? On a small scale: seeing someone with a smile after helping. On a large scale: seeing all the people I helped smile together.

Whom do you look up to, and why? I look up to my parents. It sounds simple, but they are my best role models. They taught and continue to teach me unconditional love, provided me with educational and life advice, which continues through today, and they were and continue to be there whenever I need them. I couldn’t ask for anything more and feel extremely fortunate to have them to look up to.

What goal do you set for yourself at the start of each day? I look in the mirror and say, “I’ll make sure I go to sleep earlier today.” In addition to that, my goal is to learn something new every day, whether through work, through a book or article I read, or through an experience during the day.

What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Nobody would fit this role better than myself. In my younger years, by being adventurous, outgoing, and funny, I was told by my family and friends that I should get a plane ticket and fly straight to Hollywood. Who knows — perhaps this adventure is waiting to happen and will materialize someday.


Photography by Leah Martin Photography