Employee Spotlight: Andrew Bonnema
Andrew joined Eagle in 2019 and has been instrumental to our team and our most recent projects. From managing relationships with subcontractors to scheduling and cost estimates, his approach to his work and positive attitude has been a key driver in delivering success from project concept to completion.
Get to know Andrew
Why did you join Eagle?
When I joined Eagle, I was ready for the next step in my career to move into a bigger role in the construction industry. Eagle has provided the perfect opportunity for me to grow and learn more about the entire construction process. I couldn’t ask for a better setting to learn, grow and be a bigger part of the whole process.
If you could meet anyone, current or past, who would be?
Elon Musk. His drive and work ethic to not only build cars and rockets, but to completely change the world inspire me. He is someone who has been knocked down in his career so many times and has been told he can’t do it but has always been able to rise above and exceed expectations. I like to think I share that same drive. Any time someone tells me I can’t do something, it just makes me work harder to prove that I can.
Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Minneapolis. Specifically, Target Field. Although it has been awhile, one of my favorite things to do is to take in a baseball game. The food, the atmosphere, I love everything about it.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always loved to design things. When I was younger, playing games on my computer like SimCity or SimTower was one of my favorite pastimes. I would also try to draw plans for buildings or other things from scratch just for fun. In high school my thought was to either be an engineer or an architect. Upon graduating and going to college, I did study drafting and eventually landed a job as a drafter at a roofing company. From there, I moved on to a cabinet company where I learned more about estimating and project management before joining Eagle. This worked out well for me because in that process, I learned that the thing I loved was the process of building something. I found I enjoyed this far more than the design process itself.
What is one accomplishment in your life that you’re really proud of?
My family. My wife Rachel and our three kids Greta, Clara and Nolan are the motivation for me to always be better. They are the reason I have the passion I have to keep learning and to keep challenging myself. My wife has been my rock and my number one supporter ever since we got married almost seven years ago. When others told me I can’t, she always told me I can. She has a way of totally supporting me in whatever I want to do but still keep me grounded and realistic. I could not ask for a better partner in life.
What’s a fun fact about you that may surprise us?
I have a passion for woodworking. I have a shop set up in my garage that is comprised of mostly my Grandpa’s old tools that I am fortunate enough to get to use. He was a big part of my inspiration to build things. For as long as I can remember, his and my Grandma’s house has been full of furniture, picture frames, and other miscellaneous items that he built. I was always so impressed with what he could build and have strived to have that same ability and attention to detail that he had ever since I started my shop.
How do you define success?
I would define success as our compassion for others and for ourselves. To me, success has nothing to do with money or status. It has everything to do with what kind of person you are and how much love and compassion you have to share with those around you.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pizza. I can’t tell you why, but I could eat pizza every day.
What three traits define you?
My love for my family, my willingness to challenge myself and my acceptance of anyone in my life, regardless of their background or beliefs.
What is your favorite thing about working at Eagle?
The people I work with and the atmosphere around us. No matter the challenge, everyone in this company are not afraid to step up to the plate and get things done. Along with that comes the laughter and funs times we have in the office. Someone always has a joke or a funny story from their weekend that makes life in the office so easy. We just simply get it done, and have fun doing it!