New to the formal office setting, Project Manager Peter von Qualen has spent his entire career working out of construction trailers and temp offices—making ISG his first permanent home. Learn more about Peter’s role at ISG, and how he draws inspiration from unique experiences and developing new skills.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is that it gives me the opportunity to be involved with such a diverse group of project types, locations, and industry. It is pretty cool to be able to look at multiple projects each day—from an elementary school to wastewater treatment facility. I truly feel like ISG is building the future for the communities we serve, and I am proud to be a part of it.

What brought you to ISG?

I was drawn to ISG because of its culture—a culture where everyone is an employee owner and acts like it. Although I have only been with ISG for 6 months I already feel like I am part of the team and I am impressed with the collective team attitude, drive, and motivation. I can’t wait to see what this group can do in the future!

How did you come to work in this industry?

I have always enjoyed figuring out how things fit together. From my experiences growing up on a small farm in western Iowa, I have always been passionate about learning new things and figuring out how things work. This industry is full of discovery and it gives me the opportunity to problem solve and innovate solutions on a daily basis.

What do you like most about working in this industry?

It is so cool to see a group of people work towards a single common goal. Seeing that goal literally get built and become a tangible thing, is even better! I also like that every day is different and that no two projects are the same as it keeps me motivated and excited to come to work.

How do you spend your free time?

My growing family is where I dedicate most of my free time. My wife Megan, Hudson (2.5 years) and Ava (8 months) love playing outside and exploring nature. It is such a blessing to see the world from a child’s point of view and I cherish every minute of it.

What is one thing about you that most people would find surprising?

I was born in Ghana, West Africa. My parents where Agricultural Missionaries in Ghana for 7 years with L.C.M.S. Missions (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod). Unfortunately, I don’t have my own memories of Ghana as we moved back to the United States when I was two years old. I look forward to visiting Ghana in the future.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra?

Life is about balance. I try to balance the following areas of my life: Faith, Family, Friends, Career, and Health.

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