George Irinel Tofan. Chairman of the Conest Board of Directors and General Manager. He graduated in 1998 from the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași. He continued with specializations on marketing activity management in high-performing companies, World Trade Business Bucharest, strategic management & marketing planning, RTH Consulting Bucharest. In 2012 he obtained the title of Master Business Administration at Gheorghe Asachi University of Iași, Center for Continuing Education. In 2012, he officially obtained the title of Project Manager. Team leader at Coca Cola Romania, Commercial Director at Rafo Onești, Executive Director of Media Rom Grup. Since 2011 he is part of the Conest team.
If you had to use a single word to describe what Conest means to you, that would that word be?
Irinel Tofan: TRADITION + FUTURE
From the moment you joined the Conest team until now, what are the five most important things you’ve learned?
Irinel Tofan: The execution schedule is the “bible” of the construction site. I learned to make immediate but balanced decisions, to anticipate long-term activities, to provide resources for all processes.
Three Conest projects that represent you?
Irinel Tofan: CONEST GRAND RESIDENCE, OCTAV BĂNCILĂ PASSAGE, UNGHENI DISTRICT COURT (REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA)
The happiest moment of your career at Conest?
Irinel Tofan: Now? The days when I pay my colleagues’ salaries.
The hardest moment?
Irinel Tofan: When the generational exchange took place. It was necessary for a young team to take the reins of leadership.
What is the connection between Conest and local communities? What is it like to be in the service of the community?
Irinel Tofan: It is a necessary and beneficial connection for both parties. Through construction companies all the needs/projects of the local communities, in the field of infrastructure/constructive superstructures, are implemented and become reality.
You develop many projects for local communities. How great is the responsibility? Can you list three challenges? Explain why you consider them challenges.
Irinel Tofan: Working for the local community means honour and pride that you have brought a plus to the social environment in which our families live. On the other hand, the projects we build for the community involve a lot of responsibility! A job well done, durable, characterizes us and forces us to treat each project with the utmost seriousness, regardless of complexity. Challenges? The desire to “keep” in action the strong core of experienced engineers, the satisfaction of essential participation in the development of the community in which we live and the restoration of respect for builders!
I consider them challenges because they generically define the major objectives of our company.
How many hours does a work day have at Conest?
Irinel Tofan: 12 hours
Conest, 100% Romanian company. Face to face with companies from the EU but also from the non-European space. Three strengths for which a customer chooses Conest?
Irinel Tofan: First of all, consistent technical-professional capacity that covers any category of works in civil, industrial, urban construction, restorations, historical monuments, installations, roads and bridges. Secondly, a high-performance mix of human resources that combines experienced engineers with many years of activity with young engineers specializing in project management. The third strong point, respect for the client and flexibility, specialized consulting in the execution of a well-defined project.
Where does Irinel Tofan see himself in 5 years?
Irinel Tofan: CONEST!
If your child comes and tells you: “Dad, I want to be a builder when I grow up!” what do you answer?
Irinel Tofan: YES, because your soul is filled with joy when you look back and realize how many important projects CONEST has done for Romania!