Richmond Magazine Profiles Nico De León in “Love Thy Labor” Article

“De León loves to build bridges — big ones. When he first came to Richmond in 1985, he was on the crew that constructed the beautiful Varina-Enon Bridge on Interstate 295. That project launched him into entrepreneurship in 1990. “I was consulting for contractors when I first started,” recalls De León. “It was exciting. It was fearful. You’re getting out of your normal comfort zone.”

De León, who lived in Tampa, Florida before putting down roots and raising a family in Richmond, also helped build the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay. “I’m a civil engineer; I am partial to bridges. They’re all different and unique in their own way,” he says.

De León recently finished work on another project, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in metro Washington, which connects Northern Virginia to Southern Maryland, and he’s helping oversee that region’s Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project construction. He still networks and attends industry association conferences, which helped him build a company that’s been around for 25 years. He hasn’t forgotten what made him successful.