Your name: Kevin Carey
What do you do at Iconica?
I’m the Director of Business Development.
How long have you worked here?
Since September 2019
Where did you grow up?
My family lived in Middleton, and I went to Waunakee High School.
What did you do after high school?
I attended UW Madison and received my degree in Economics.
What do you love about your job?
I love meeting new people and learning about their business.
Were you interested in building as a child?
Yes. My dad was a dentist, and I couldn’t wait for him to bring the old Architectural Digest home from the waiting room at his office.
What are your favorite spots around Wisconsin?
I love to golf, so Kohler is always a great spot to go. Milwaukee is another favorite place because of the great restaurants.
Which famous person would you like to interview or meet?
Rick Bayless is a chef in Chicago that has wonderful Mexican restaurants. I would love to spend a day in the kitchen with him.
Prior to coming to Iconica to work, you were a client. How did that help you in your current role?
Having worked with Iconica on a number of my own projects, I became very familiar with their approach to the design-build process. My experience with Iconica gives me a unique perspective when dealing with prospective clients.
Favorite song to sing in the car?
I listen to all kinds of music, but usually country or classic rock. (George Thorogood is high on my list)
What is your favorite book?
The Foursome by Troon McAllister. It’s a fictional golf book about a character named Eddie Caminetti.
You’re a golfer. What is the most memorable course you have played?
Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. It’s a spectacular, over-the-top experience from start to finish.
You also enjoy cooking. What is your favorite dish to make?
Shrimp and oyster perlou by Shawn Brock, a low country celebrity chef.
What are you seeing in the way of construction trends?
Right now, there is a cautious and thoughtful approach to decision making. COVID-19 is causing businesses to rethink their space needs.
Best advice to manage business relationships?
Be authentic. Ask questions, and then listen (really listen) to their response.