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Scott Bush, Senior Construction Project Manager

Growing up in Melbourne, Fla., Scott Bush knew early on exactly what he liked and what he wanted to do. He loved building and putting things together. He liked being outside. He preferred working with his hands and being physically active.

“I’m not someone who likes to be at a desk all the time,” Scott said. “I like interacting with people.”

Naturally, he was drawn to construction and, in addition to filling up much of his school days with shop class, he worked for a family friend’s construction company during his summers and after school. Scott studied Construction Management at the University of Florida and immediately began working as a construction superintendent for a home builder in 2004 when the housing market was hot.

A few years later, when the housing bubble burst, Scott moved to the commercial side of construction which led to a lot of interesting projects, a lot of new experiences … and a lot of moves. He worked on high rises in Miami, refinery work in Colorado and work on university campuses. He lived in Virginia and Illinois, as well as Denver and, finally, Tampa.

Scott first got his taste of airport construction work when the general contractor he worked for was hired to handle Main Terminal Modernization projects at TPA eight years ago. While on the job, he met TPA Senior Manager of Construction Dan Seeley and Director of Construction John Mallory – both whom also worked for private firms at the time – and later, like them, he joined TPA’s Planning and Development team as a full-time Authority employee.

Scott, who is now a Senior Construction Project Manager overseeing several key Master Plan and airport improvement projects, can’t see himself ever going anywhere else. He loves working for the Authority, enjoys the excitement of the Airport, and as an important perk, he loves keeping his family in one city.

Scott is married to his wife of nearly seven years, Jessie, who is a stay-at-home mom to their young and very active boys, 2-year-old Gaines and 3-year-old Hudson. When he’s not working, the Gator fan loves relaxing and watching sports at his Lutz home, and in the rare moments he has time, he likes to play golf. He and his wife are also very active in their church, Idlewild Baptist.

Most recently, Scott played a key role in construction of the Airport Concessions Redevelopment Program, a major overhaul that brought 69 new restaurants, shops and spas to TPA. He also saw oversaw several airside functional improvements. Next on his plate: The Long Term Garage Level 1 and Level 2 reclaim of parking facilities after the rental car companies moved out last year, as well as Master Plan Phase 2’s Bessie Coleman Boulevard widening project.

Scott hits the gym at 5 a.m. every morning, a routine that gets him active before starting his day doing what he loves: Building things, interacting with people and working beyond his desk as much as possible.