Luke was born and raised in the construction business. He worked as a youth and into adulthood for the family owned and operated Spalj Construction Company until its sale to Quanta Service’s (NYSE: PWR) in 1997.
He worked for Quanta Services, eventually becoming the president of its telecommunication and specialty services division, until his departure in 2004. From 2004 to present, Luke has been chairman of Rice Lake Construction Group. Working with Wade Leonard, Rice Lake Construction Group’s president, Luke and Wade have driven the growth of the company from approximately $20 million in sales in 2004 to over $130 million in current sales.
Luke was also employed with S.J. Groves Construction and Austin P. Keller Construction after college. While at Groves he was a field engineer on a $1 billion Melvin Price Lock and Dam construction project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alton, IL.
Luke is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Wade, the CEO and president of Rice Lake Construction Group, has been around the construction industry his entire life. Wade’s father was a carpenter superintendent on many water, wastewater, and hydro projects for companies including Acton, Austin P. Keller, and A&P Construction. As a youth, Wade worked on many of his father’s projects learning the business from the ground up.
Wade started his career as a project manager for Austin P. Keller Construction prior to coming to work for Rice Lake Construction Group. Wade was involved in the first water and wastewater treatment plants that Rice Lake Construction Group built and has been instrumental in growing the company from less than $5 million in sales to over $130 million in current sales.
Wade has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.