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Meet the Crew: Kurt Lichtfuss

Jessica Richards
Meet one of our site engineers in the Industrial Division, Kurt Lichtfuss. He started with JP Cullen as a union carpenter back in the early 2000s and has been in his current role for over a year now. What is your favorite thing about your job?The most favorable aspect of my job is the people that I’m surrounded by! It’s obvious that JP Cullen works hard to adhere to our mission statement of identifying, hiring, training, and retaining the best people to serve our customers. It has been my experience that I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who are masters of their craft, strive for perfection, and are overachievers. What sparked your interest in the construction industry?Initially, my interest was sparked by a love of working outdoors and the immediate gratification one receives when working in the field. I love that no matter what position you hold in the construction industry there is always something new to learn and every person you work with, at every level, has something which you can learn from. Who has been most motivational to you in your career?My girlfriend, and better half, of 20 years has been my biggest supporter, motivator, and constant. Not only in my career but in life as well. She was the one who suggested and encouraged me to move forward in pursuing an education in mechanical engineering. If it wasn’t for her support, encouragement, and belief in my abilities I wouldn’t be where I am in life. What is your proudest achievement?Professionally, my proudest achievement has been the adversities I have overcome in life. When I suffered an injury to my shoulder which prevented me from performing my normal work duties, I decided to challenge myself like never before and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering from UW Platteville through their PEP program. Going to college at the ripe old age of 45 was a daunting challenge but worth all the blood, sweat, and tears to get me where I am today in my professional career. What are your top three highlights of your life?Three highlights in my life have been the great friends I’ve gained throughout my years, my travels through our magnificent country, and the times spent with loved ones. What is your favorite memory?One of my fondest memories was when I took a roundtrip solo motorcycle ride to Washington DC. On the return trip, I traveled the Blueridge Parkway from the starting point in Waynesboro, VA, down to Ashville, NC, and over to Deals Gap, TN, where I rode the Tail of the Dragon. I was fortunate enough to have my aunt and uncle join me for the first 60 miles or so on the Parkway.  The views and roads were amazing! What is something that no one knows about you?Something I’ll share which isn’t well known is that I met former 4x, Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler. He was at a BB show in Illinois that a couple of friends from the gym and I went to see for a signing. The thing that stood out most for me was the size of his forearms and the pads of his hands. His forearms were the size of small hams, and the pads of his hands were 2” thick. One of the nicest and strongest individuals I’ve ever met! Interested in joining our team? Check out our current job listings here!
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