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Homegrown Leadership: A CTL Success Story

One of the unique qualities of CTL is how many people make it their forever career.  Maybe it’s the family-like atmosphere or the fact that people see the value in our ESOP.  Whatever the reason, CTL has many success stories, and here’s one of them.

David A. Breitfeller, P.E., enrolled at Ohio State University (not yet “The”) in the Fall of 1970, after graduating high school. You could say he was an early candidate for a “gap year” because he left when the money ran out, without deciding on a major field of study. With CTL growing into their new office on Fisher Road in Columbus, they hired Dave in 1973 as an engineering technician, and there he found his calling.

While working at CTL, Dave returned to Ohio State in 1978, and with much support from his wife Sue and from CTL, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1983. Upon graduation Dave stepped into the Construction Services Department Manager position, and in 1984, CTL presented him with the coveted Employee of the Year award. During this time period Dave was privileged to work on many major construction projects in Columbus and in southeast Ohio, including the Vern Riffe State Office Tower in 1985 and the Gallipolis Lock and Dam in 1987, the year he obtained his Professional Engineer license.

Dave managed CTL’s first construction inspection agreement with ODOT District 6 in Central Ohio 1993, for the extension of I-670 from downtown to the Columbus Regional Airport. Dave was promoted to Vice President in 1998, and he subsequently opened CTL’s Northeast Ohio office in Berea, providing construction materials testing services for the Ohio Turnpike Commission.  Later, he developed CTL staff to support ODOT District 12 in Cleveland while constructing the George V. Voinovich Bridges from 2011 to 2016. CTL has since held construction inspection agreements with ODOT Districts 3, 4 and 12 in Northeast Ohio, and Districts 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 elsewhere.

Quality of Service has been Dave’s guiding principle, and throughout his career, he has either led or supported many CTL initiatives to improve the quality of our services including our AASHTO-accredited Quality Management System, our well-received Concrete Reporting Program (CRP), and our indispensable Project Management Program (PMP). He also provided impetus and consulted with the Ohio Board of Building Standards as they revised Code requirements in Chapter 17, Structural Tests and Special Inspections. CTL has grown along with Dave, as he is currently a Principal responsible for Construction Services throughout our service area of Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

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