Marino immigrated to America in 1958 from Chieti, Italy, and founded Modern in 1967. He took it from a small road and drainage contractor to the largest heavy-civil firm in New England (ENR 3/2/98 p. 30).

Marino’s big break was in 1996 when Boston’s $14.6-billion Central Artery/Tunnel project started. Modern ultimately won over $3 billion in CA/T work. The firm currently is wrapping up five projects worth about $400 million.

Modern consistently ranked among ENR’s Top 400 Contractors and tried to expand into the southeastern and western markets to compensate for the wrap-up of CA/T. In late September, Modern executives announced plans to merge with Quincy, Mass-based Jay Cashman Inc.

Marino was a disciplined manager who rose every day at 3:30 a.m, to do a 90-minute workout and be on the job by 7:00 a.m. Besides Modern, Marino also had many other business interests. His management style was best summarized in his own words: "The manager must serve the company and the company must serve the employees. Nothing else works."

elio ‘Les’ Marino, founder of Cambridge, Mass-based Modern Continental Construction Co. Inc., died suddenly Nov. 12 at his home in North Reading. He was 69 years old.