January 23. 2018 3:51PM

Dylan R. Cruess • 38 • Bedford

What is the best career advice you ever received?

It is a small world, so treat everyone honestly and fairly because you never know when you will interact with someone again.

Why did you choose your profession?

The short answer is that engineering was my family business. I have been involved with TFMoran in various capacities since I was 10. At first I didn’t think I was going to join the firm; I interviewed at several places in Boston and New York, but after weighing all the different factors, being close to my family and the quality of life in New Hampshire drew me back.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I believe everyone benefits from a strong community and I find being involved very rewarding on a personal level. I am fortunate that my company believes in being active in the community and it encourages everyone at the company to get involved personally as well. As an engineering firm, we focus a lot on STEM initiatives and we support the personal causes of our employees and clients.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Planning for the future is important, but it is as important to appreciate and enjoy the present. It is cliché, but everyone needs to embrace the ups and downs of life’s journey instead of only focusing on the end goal.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I think we should be looking to attract professionals in their late 20s to early 30s back to the state. It is reasonable for young professionals just out of college to want to live in a big city, but when they are ready to settle down, New Hampshire needs to have good jobs available and keep our high quality of life.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

Forty is only a couple of years away for me, so I would like to be doing exactly what I am doing now. I work with amazing people and we get to help to shape our communities through new development every day.

Volunteer activities: Board of Directors, Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer, Manchester Masonic Foundation.

Who's in the photo: Dylan and his daughter, Catherine