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Dan Conley: Receives Tribune Star 12 Under 40 Award

From an early age, Daniel Conley knew he wanted to be involved in construction.

"I have always loved construction, even as a young kid seeing backhoes dig was really cool," Conley said. "I had Tonka trucks and a whole fleet of equipment."

Fast forward to college the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was a natural fit, where Conley earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 2005.

From there, Jim Burdick, who served as president of Wabash Valley Asphalt (Now Milestone Contractors) from 2005 to 2015, hired Conley to the company, where Conley has remained for the past 17 years.

"Daniel has a quiet disposition and does not seek the spotlight," Collett said. "He gives of his personal time and contributes to the Terre Haute community, almost always anonymous and behind the scenes. However, anyone paying attention sees a quiet, thoughtful and generous leader of his community," said Collett, who nominated Conley, 39.

After five years with Wabash Valley Asphalt (Milestone Contractors), Conley obtained his professional engineer license, which involves having at least four years of experience and passing a series of tests. Conley now serves as operations manager for Milestone Contractors, which serves the Wabash Valley.

Dan, thank you for creating enduring value in the communities we live in work in! This award is well deserved.

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