MICHAEL BUSAM, 38

40 Under Forty 2019 winner:
MICHAEL BUSAM | 38
OPERATIONS MANAGER, RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS UNIT – GILBANE BUILDING CO.


What is the best advice you have ever received? If you don’t understand, ask. If you have something to share, speak up.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Slow down in life to embrace the little moments, as they are, in fact, significant.

What moment changed your life more than any other? On the day after 9/11, in my anthropology class at Brown University, we discussed the event and its impact on us. I took a position that was different from most, and it got the attention of another classmate. Enough so, that she and I became best friends. Three years later, I asked her to marry me and she said “yes.”

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What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Newport Creamery’s Awful Awful, chocolate mint.

Broadcast or streaming? Streaming.

Fox or MSNBC? Neither.

Apple Music or Spotify? Spotify.

THE PROP: Michael Busam carries his Gilbane hard hat and poses with his wife, Jessica, and their son William. The sports gear represents Michael’s pride in coaching his son’s teams.