Star City Six – Mark Heisterkamp
Morton Buildings is the premier national post-frame construction company, specializing in municipal, commercial, residential, equestrian, and hobby buildings. Mark Heisterkamp is a sales consultant for Morton Buildings.
Tell us a little about your business.
In the construction industry, you get what you pay for, and cheaper is rarely better. With Morton, you get the most for your money. We want your building to be one you are proud to show off and pass down to future generations. Morton Buildings is also a 100% employee-owned company.
How did you get started in the business?
I’ve been a sales consultant for Morton for a little over two years. I’ve had a prior background in sales consulting with a building supply manufacturer. I was a district manager for a farm and ranch equipment manufacturer and a government consultant for a database licensing company. Before that, I worked for my family’s equipment dealerships.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
The complexity of commercial buildings and homes take the most effort and planning. There is a shift towards including living quarters into our buildings. We are the front lines for the architects and engineers within our company, so it’s been a nice challenge to help design projects with our clients.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Before this position, I’ve been #1 in sales growth for multiple companies. Since I’ve been here, I’d say that it’s nice to complete any project—small or large. One that I can mention is the new showroom for Baker’s Candies in Greenwood. We built a corridor and new building store front that is now their main retail showroom. We blended into their old building which was from another builder and integrated vintage metallic steel inside to give it a retro antique look.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When I was 23 and able to start up and successfully run a small business for 10 years (which was later sold). It was a power equipment retail store with six employees tied into a larger organization.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
In the summer, I like to take my boat out with friends. In the winter, I like to spend a day at the museum or go to the movies. I also like snow skiing.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I have 2,000 record albums. My collection started with my parent’s music and most of my five sibling’s influence. I particularly like going to live music and comedy shows.
Who inspires you?
I read Architectural Digest and try to gather ideas to blend innovative energy saving with classic design. Frank Lloyd Wright and some of the early 20th century architects and mid-century architects had a huge influence to inspire me.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Treat everyone fairly. Never burn a bridge.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Take It to the Limit” by The Eagles.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I belong to church and community groups, but I’m not as active as I used to be. Over the last five years, I’ve been helping people going through divorce or abusive relationships on more personal levels.
What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride or The End.
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