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Awork family: Tony Casagrande President of Campos Engineering (Dallas, TX), an MEP engineering, testing, adjusting and balancing, and commissioning firm.
By LIISA ANDREASSEN Correspondent
C asagrande started with Campos Engineering in 1997 as a field technician. From there, his career rapidly evolved into project and division management. As a registered engineer, NEBB certified TAB and BSC professional, he helped to develop the firm’s technical process for commissioning and testing, adjusting and balancing services. Now, as the firm’s president, his focus is on the advancement of Campos’ services, growing into key markets, developing corporate strategies, and leading its management training programs. Casagrade is also a member of Zweig Group’s 2022 ElevateHER cohort. ElevateHER was founded by Zweig Group as part of its commitment to embrace, promote, and ensure equal opportunities for everyone in the AEC industry regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. “I place great value on my personal family and try to emulate that same sense of care toward my work family,” Casagrande says. “I try to develop a personal relationship with each and every member of my work family. We laugh together and cry together. We take care of our work family and I think that is a sincere benefit of a blended work/home family paradigm.”
A CONVERSATIONWITH TONY CASAGRANDE. The Zweig Letter: During your various positions within the firm, what knowledge/skills did you learn that you feel are most valuable in your current position? Tony Casagrande: I started as an intern and worked my way up. I’m happy this was my path because I learned many non- engineering skills. For example, I learned to: ■ ■ Use things, love people. We are in a people business and people are the greatest tool in the universe; however, people don’t want to be twisted like a screwdriver. If you sincerely love your people and demonstrate that every day, they’ll do great things for the company. ■ ■ Get out of my comfort zone and do things I don’t like to do. I learned early that connecting with influential clients, selling the firm, and solving our client’s problems would propel me ahead. I ended up being right. ■ ■ Find the best in people and ignore their faults. Get to
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