Chris Rapczynksi

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Dependable, tenacious, authentic leader Chris Rapczynki, in brief.

Chris Rapczynksi

Home: Andover, MA.  Age: 54.  Birthplace: Air Force base in Illinois.  Profession: Construction.  Organization: Sleeping Dog Properties, Inc.  Title: Founder and President.  Pronouns: He/Him/His.  Alma mater: Saint Anselm College.  Languages spoken: English, Spanish.

Current project(s): Newton Pediatrics Medical Center and a new penthouse build at the Four Seasons.  Recent recognition: Named best general contractor in Cambridge, MA by General Contractors Magazine.  Recent professional development: Lecturing to graduate construction students at Northeastern University.  Latest accomplishment: Completed a successful penthouse renovation at Pier 4 in the Boston Seaport.  Latest contribution to others: Annual giving to Build Health International.  Professional reflection: Our biggest achievement is our durable and sustained success for 30 years.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Hobbies: MasterClass fanatic; coaching soccer; woodworking and pool/design.  Recent travel or adventure: Exploring the Lakes Region of New Hampshire (esp., Lake Winnipesaukee).  Recently viewed and recommended: MasterClass with Howard Schultz.  

Personality profile: Determined, detailed, affable and approachable; a fun loving ambivert.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Intense.  Moral compass: If the truth hurts, the lie hurts more, so be honest.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Good listening on both sides.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Win/Win.  To work with the best partners, we need to be the best partner.  What is your greatest joy? My family.  What is your greatest fear? Animals jumping out of hidden spaces at me.  Like a squirrel jumping out of a mailbox.  What is your guilty pleasure? Really good cookies.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? I see.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Film creators, directors and producers.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Supporting youth development programs.  Also, quality shoes.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Run a marathon before I turn 60.  How do you relieve stress? Meditation and exercise.  What is your go-to workout? Running.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? My family and blue oceans.

What was your first paying job? Lifeguard.  What was your favorite college course? Business Law.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Hot Wheels.  What book have you repeatedly read? The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Star Wars.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? “The Buffalo Hunt”, a painting by Gregory Perillo.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Happiness begins with your willingness to be happy.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Do what you say and honor your commitments.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? My iPhone.  What is your favorite app? MasterClass and the Boston parking app.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Nature and the wilderness.  What company or organization do you most admire? The Disney companies.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.

What is your big idea?

Leveraging technology to streamline construction administration.  Simplify everything.

What change would you like to see in the world? Less hate all around.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Be your best self.  What mega-trend most concerns you? TikTok dancing videos.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Tom Cruise.  Perhaps this generation’s greatest actor.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My father.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A real estate developer.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My iPhone.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Video calling friends to say goodbye and eating a box of Italian pastries.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day I met my wife.

Personal mission: The improvement of both me and my family without sacrifice to one or the other.  Personal motto: Live your best you.  Favorite quote: “I shoulda been a farmer” (Wilford Brimley as Pop Fisher in The Natural).  

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