Favorite Social Activity
Fishing and spending time with my grandchildren.
Most Embarrassing Professional Moment
Removed ½ a mile of cable on the wrong side of the road.
Mike Buss serves as Essentia’s Vice President of Operations and leads the company’s nationwide project operations. A 30-year industry veteran, Mike’s experience includes managing projects of up to $140 million in value in over 30 states as well as managing over 500 employees. He is responsible for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence.
Prior to Essentia, Mike worked for Utilipath as their Vice President of Operations. In this role, Mike was responsible for managing high profile contracts for several customers in the South East region as well as bid operations for the company nationwide. Before serving as Vice President of Operations, Mike held the position of General Manager in the New Orleans area managing an AT&T master contract valued at $12 million.
Formerly, Mike worked at First South Utility as a Senior Construction Manger overseeing bid and construction activities. Throughout his career Mike has overseen multiple telecom builds on various military bases setting hundreds of manholes, miles of duct packages in very sensitive areas including McDill AFB, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and Quantico and completed hundreds of miles of fiber placement on ITS projects across multiple states. He has managed multiple master contracts spanning several years, as well as bridge attachments and fiber to the home projects.
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– Director, Fortune 500 Defense Contractor