Warm send off
E.T.T.I. wishes warm winds and smooth sailing for Bruce Hubbard
The invitation to ETTI’s farewell party for Bruce Hubbard said it all in rhyme: “HUB Is Out or Here! . . . Forget the black tie; it’s no formal affair. Come dressed for the tropics, it’s a casual affair. We’ll eat, drink, dance and laugh as well as reminisce. It’s a gathering for HUB, he surely will be missed!”
The party lived up to its laid-back promise, with live music by Motor Booty Affair and co-workers past and present stopping in to pay their respects.
Hubbard has worked in the industry and made a lot of friends since he first landed a job driving a fuel truck for H.E. Sargent in 1968. He first worked for the Sargent family for 19 years – as a loader operator, a foreman and a project supervisor – building highways in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts – before he decided he had to make some important changes in his life.
“I was on the road so much and my girls were growing up without me,” said Hubbard. So he and his wife Sandy founded their own construction firm – Hubbard Construction. Work was still very busy – the Hubbards did sitework for clients throughout the midcoast region – but Hubbard was able to stick closer to home and be there to see his girls grow up, Robyn and Stephanie. The business was a success, and when the kids were safely off to college, Bruce and Sandy sold their business to Harry C. Crooker. Hubbard worked for Crooker for several years, before he took a job with CPM Constructors in Freeport for three years.
Then, Scott Kelly of ETTI asked Hubbard to join the directional drilling company based in Lisbon, Maine. The firm had been founded by Scott’s dad just eight years earlier and was the first directional drilling company in Maine. Hubbard worked there for the past 11 years as vice president of operations, helping the company through an intense period of growth fueled by a statewide effort to upgrade utility, water and wastewater infrastructure.
Throughout much of his career, Hubbard has been both a mentee and a mentor. It was at his first job as a young adult that he gained an appreciation for how a guiding hand could turn a green employee into a career achiever. “If you wanted to go places and learn new things, the Sargents knew how to point you in the right direction,” remembered Hubbard.
During the past decade-plus, Hubbard turned the tables to become a mentor to dozens of transportation students, helping to raise funds for the MBTA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund and AGC Maine scholarships.
For the MBTA, Hubbard has been a tireless booster of the foundation’s scholarship fund, year-after-year outselling his fellow committee members during the annual Super Raffle ticket sales. This past December, as he has in the past, he passed on his prize for selling the most tickets to three scholarship students attending the MBTA Holiday Meeting.
“It’s all been for the kids,” said Hubbard. “It has been great to see these kids grow up professionally and join our organization.”
Since his official retirement from ETTI in January, Hubbard and his wife Sandy have hardly slowed down. They have spent time in Florida with friends from Massachusetts and Maine and also attended CON EXPO in Las Vegas. Talking on the phone from Las Vegas, Hubbard notes that the weather has been great – 61 degrees and sunny – and the company very good.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” said Hubbard. “There are thousands of people out here, but we’ve managed to catch up friends. We’ve had cocktails with Paul and Patty Labbe and seen the Bancrofts and Charlie Cianchette and, of course, the delegation from ETTI.”
Bruce and Sandy plan to head back to New England when the weather warms up. He plans to continue serving on the Northeast Trenchless Association board of directors, as well as his work with the MBTA Educational Foundation, AGC of Maine Education Foundation and MUST (Managing Underground Safety & Training), an organization that promotes underground facility safety through training efforts in cooperation with Dig Safe®, underground facility owners, private locating companies, municipalities, excavators and regulatory agencies. He also hopes to have more time with his grown daughters and grandchildren: Stephanie is an engineer working for Wright & Pierce and Robyn is now a schoolteacher in Brunswick with two children, Aaiden who is three and Nolan just born this February 7.