David Sluter

David Sluter

Since its inception, New England Construction has remained true to its founding values of integrity and excellence – along with an unwavering commitment to each customer and project. These values are a direct outgrowth of the leadership of our founder, David Sluter.

A veteran of the construction industry for over 40 years, and a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Program, David continues to serve NEC and its varied base of clients in a high-level capacity. This includes providing the strategic vision to guide our organization and its overall mission. His extensive resource of real-world wisdom, gained through decades of active practice as a registered engineer, also serves to elevate the daily efforts of our multifaceted staff.

More from David Sluter

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on December 14, 2016

The recent presidential election was the most contentious and divisive I have experienced in my 50+ years of following them.  It set new lows for civility, decency and veracity. About half of the voters were disappointed and many were outraged with the results.  This election continued the trend of both national and local politics of highly partisan positions on issues.  Polarization on both ends of the political spectrum is increasing and moderate views get lost in the noise of today’s media – both traditional and social.  To be sure, social and economic inequalities in our country exist.  They are amplified and scrutinized via social media which helps to promote polarization, anger and disenfranchisement.


David Sluter
By David Sluter
on September 21, 2016

I was watching the CBS news program Face the Nation on a recent Sunday morning when I heard the phrase “The Tyranny of the Inbox.”  The speaker used the phrase in the context of a discussion about hasty, ill-considered foreign policy communications that were driven by a need to respond to public opinion, the press or criticism from political opponents.  The phrase hit home for me and I immediately thought about its origin and impact on our personal and business lives.  The emails and texts in our inboxes and cell phones are tyrannical in the way they demand our time and attention.  We respond to them with varying urgency depending on our perceived priorities.  Most of us allow them to constantly interrupt our attention to the task at hand.  This is the “Tyranny of the Inbox.” 

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on April 27, 2016

New England Construction works with landlords and tenants on a variety of projects ranging from preconstruction to design/build to construction management. Often, these projects require the introduction of large machinery such as cranes, which makes the process bigger in scope.

At NEC, safety is always a top priority, and working with a large crane on site requires the utmost safety — and meticulous planning. In this blog post, we’ll detail how to effectively plan ahead and cover all of your bases so as to ensure safety on the job site with the presence of a crane.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on January 13, 2016

As a business owner, I work at growing wealth by investing in my core business – commercial construction.  I also recognize the need to diversify my investments to manage risk.  I look at investing as placing bets.  I can determine my own financial future and control risk by betting on myself and my team – a good bet.  Commercial real estate development has been my primary means of investing outside of my business for nearly 20 years.  By carefully investing in select properties, I have been able grow additional wealth outside my primary business.  By sharing my commercial real estate investments with partners and investors I also share the risk.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on November 12, 2015

Those of us who have experienced rapid growth or contraction understand the difficulty and impacts of managing our businesses through these periods of dramatic change. As managers, we all must make important decisions in a short period of time that affect our businesses, our families and our fellow employees and all of our futures.

In some cases, we don’t have the luxury of time to prepare or plan for these rapid changes or we haven’t anticipated change and therefore have not developed plans to deal with it. Most rapid growth or contraction results from the business cycle – the periodic changes in our global, national or regional economies. How we prepare for these changes will directly impact our ability to minimize the pain of contraction or maximize the opportunities of expansion. There are important keys to prepare for and manage change, which include:

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on October 20, 2015

 We all have peer relationships that add value and richness to our lives.

As friends and teammates can share experiences, provide support and give advice. As a business owner, finding valuable peer business relationships and opportunities for sharing and learning can be very difficult. A business owner often has to rely on their own abilities and experience to make decisions regarding important business issues, tactics or strategy. They certainly can and do solicit input from subordinates, however, the perspective and advice of a successful and experienced peer can be extremely valuable and help avoid costly mistakes. Organized peer groups can offer tremendous opportunities for mutual support, learning, advice and different perspectives for a business owner, executive or manager.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on October 05, 2015

What are we to make of the recent events surrounding China?

The bursting of their stock market bubble; the slowing growth; the devaluation of the yuan; last week’s state visit to the US by Premier Xi Jinping. I am not an astute follower of China or international monetary policy, however, my observations of these events and recent news articles have led me to be cautiously optimistic about the future relations between America and China. My view is that economic self-interest drives international and intranational relationships.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on September 15, 2015

How often do we take the time to be introspective?

A useful definition of introspection is self-contemplation; self-examination; the contemplation of one’s own conduct, thoughts, desires, emotions. How often do we take the time to be introspective? For some of us, not very often. We only look in the mirror when we have no other choice. We would rather look elsewhere to find the cause of our stress, our discomfort, our problems. It is a lot easier to blame circumstances or someone else than to examine our own role or contribution and accept responsibility for our actions. In my recent post on Leadership, I failed to mention introspection as one of the qualities of a great leader.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on September 02, 2015

Rhode Island is known for many wonderful things – a great place to live, fantastic beaches, Newport and great restaurants to name a few.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on August 25, 2015

The stock market fluctuations the past few days has many holding their breath and wondering what the impact on the economy will be. I am not an economist but after experiencing three recessions, I have a longer term view of the business cycle and I believe that market fluctuations are not an accurate way to predict future economic conditions. My reaction to the past week’s events is to take a breath and let things play out.

I received the subscriber bulletin below in my email this morning from ITR (Institute for Trends Research) Economics and thought it might be worth sharing. I have been following their economic forecasts for over fifteen years. ITR accurately predicted the downturns of 2001 and 2010 more than a year in advance which helped me make early adjustments to my business planning and operations. ITR Economics is based in New Hampshire and works with its customers to help them manage their businesses through the business cycle.

The following excerpt takes a deep dive into the devaluation of the Yaun: