Andy Segard and his wife, Sadie, moved to Marathon 16 years ago. Since then, he’s slipped seamlessly into Marathon life, fitting in so well he seems like a natural born Conch. Segard is a contractor by trade — he formed Selevel Construction in 2014 — and worked construction all his life.
He’s a self-acknowledged workaholic who pings from one job site to another. Selevel Construction focuses mainly on concrete work — foundations, auger piles, and columns and shells. “Everything concrete,” he said. And while he says he likes working with his hands, he most enjoys the relationships he forms with his clients. “I’ve worked for a lot of people repeatedly and the Coconut Telegraph does the rest,” said Segard, who recently welcomed partner Alan Warden into the business. “We have a lot of the same values, but he’s more mechanical.”
Segard and Sadie have three children — ages ranging from 10 to 17 — who are homeschooled. The church and the homeschool community are huge drivers in all of their lives, he said.
Here’s a little more about Andy:
Which tool can you not live without? The Leatherman. So handy.
What’s your favorite smartphone app? Notability.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? My real name is Marc with a “c.” My dad is Mark with a “k.” It got too confusing for my mom. I think it lasted a day before she broomed it.
What’s something you say every day? Unfortunately, i think it’s “bro” or “dude.” I try to catch myself.
What’s your life motto? The Golden Rule.
What was in the last Amazon box (for you) delivered to your home? For me? I have no idea. We get stuff all the time. Water shoes, maybe; the Croc-y kind.
What’s something you do in your free time? Fishing, snorkeling and freediving. We spend time as a family on the water.
What’s your best fish story? A couple of years ago we were mahi fishing and I got hooked through the finger. But the bite was so hot, we kept fishing for like another three hours — with the hook in my finger because we couldn’t get it out. Eventually I went to Fishermen’s Hospital and donated the hook to the wall of shame. What can I say? The bite was hot!
What’s a lesson you learned from your mom? Oh, so many things. My mom was the glue for our nuclear family. Just a rock. She’s a Godly woman and a woman of faith.
What’s your guilty pleasure? (Editor’s note: Andy is very enthusiastic about this subject!) Potatoes — mashed, baked, scalloped, hash brown, fried. And, chips, I love chips. The Cape Cod salt and pepper chips … I can snort the whole bag. The French fries from Burdines are outstanding. I like curly fries, waffle fries. Sometimes I worry about what happens to the center of the potato when they make curly fries, that’s how much I like potatoes.
What’s the smartest thing you ever did? Marry my wife — Sadie, my lady — when we were young. We went to high school together but didn’t date then. Then she came back from college and I knew I had to close the deal fast, before she had time to change her mind about me. We never looked back.
What’s on your bucket list? Travel. I want to go out west at some point; I’ve never been to California. I’d like to spend a summer in the Bahamas one day. And Sadie and I want to take dancing lessons, live life to the fullest.