In 2021, Nunn Construction opened a Pueblo-based office to better serve Southern Colorado in addition to our Colorado Springs and Durango offices. Anyone can tell you how finding a place to open another office is simple; it’s the recruitment and team-building process that can take the most time.
Since our Pueblo office opened two years ago, we have been thrilled to see how our team has not only expanded but thrived by building a fantastic chemistry, sprouting roots that run as deep as they have grown sturdy.
RECRUITING AND BUILDING THE HOME TEAM
Before he was Pueblo Division Manager, Vinnie Mattivi started at Nunn as a Project Engineer, serving in multiple positions before being named Project Manager for the renovation and addition of the Occhiato Student Center on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus. This project provided valuable momentum for work in Southern Colorado and connected us with CSU Pueblo, a valuable ally in bolstering our Pueblo workforce.
Vinnie was also in the first graduating class for CSU Pueblo’s Construction Management program. “It was great, being a part of a program that was on the starting floor, and watching it become such a popular degree at the college,” he said. Vinnie now participates on the advisory board for the program, which he said is seeing constant growth with students.
CSU Pueblo’s Construction Management program has been an ongoing source of major talent in our team: Superintendent Thomas Vinci and Project Manager Dominick Bregar also graduated from that degree program. In the seven years since, Nunn has brought 14 CSU Pueblo graduates onto our team—many of whom started with us as interns.
Thomas first joined Nunn as an intern during the spring semester of his senior year in the program. When he was enrolled, the program did not yet have any full-time professors.
“A lot of my classes were taught by actual people that worked full time in the construction industry,” he added. “So, I benefitted from that as we were being taught how the actual construction industry works versus what a book tells you.”
SHARED EDUCATION PAST AND PRESENT
Project Manager Brooke Johnson, another CSU Pueblo alum, is serving as Project Manager on replacement schools for Pueblo School District 60’s Franklin School of Innovation and Sunset Park Elementary, where she attended as a student along with Thomas, Dominick, and Vinnie.
“I have really enjoyed working out of the Pueblo office working in the community I grew up in,” said Brooke. Dominick agreed, adding how being from Pueblo and contributing to the community through local projects has been one of the perks in working for Nunn.
“I worked with Thomas and Vinnie for my first few years,” Dominick said, “and their knowledge and expertise really helped me advance to where I am now in my career. Both are phenomenal role models and great teachers!”
Brooke said what she also appreciates about the Pueblo office is the hands-on approach Vinnie takes to leading and guiding the team.
THE FUTURE OF PUEBLO LEADERSHIP
Opening an office in Pueblo as Nunn’s Pueblo Division Manager has advanced Vinnie’s personal dedication to serve Pueblo, where he and his family are happy to call home. Pueblo is also where he married Gina, his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising third-generation Puebloans.
“It is hard to describe how wonderful it is to have been a part of projects at my alma maters at CSU Pueblo and Trinidad State,” said Vinnie, “and then to be a part of building the new elementary school [Sunset Park] that my wife and I went to and she also taught at.”
In late 2022, Vinnie was appointed to the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation Board for the 2023-2026 term. We are confident Vinnie is just one of our Puebloan team members who will continue bridging local business needs while continuing to advocate for Pueblo’s talented emerging workforce.