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Awesome Associates – Raul Villarreal (Chicago, IL)
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a suburb 30 minutes outside of Chicago. I graduated from Bolingbrook High School. After high school, I attended the Acoustic Edge Institute trade school, where I learned custom car upholstery and custom fabrication. So yes I do know how to sew!
What types of projects have you worked on?
Since I started with WGI I’ve had the pleasure of working on jobs such as one in Apalachicola, FL where the hurricane wiped out parts of roadway, plenty of CSX railroad work, our first SUE work in Atlanta, Ga., and just recently our first Sewer CCTV job and multiple jobs in the West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale areas.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spend time in our summer house in Michigan, play with my kids and dogs, go out with my wife for some Sushi and drinks.
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Hiking and fishing or enjoying the beautiful beaches in Albania and Greece. I am also hoping to one day explore the Galapagos Islands.
What was your first job?
Cart pusher at Meijer.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
My wife is from Albania and I’m of Mexican descent so we are teaching our kids all three languages, Spanish, Albanian, and English. I have a two-year-old son named Raul and a two-month-old son named Lorenzo.
Who or what inspires you?
My parents! They came to this country not knowing the language or culture and have made the best of what this country has to offer.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
WGI offered growth opportunities that my previous employer did not have. Their drive to always improve the quality of work with learning all the new technology that is offered for Subsurface Utility Engineering also made me excited to be a part of this team.
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