Meet Luke Sefton. A well known ‘Face’ Of Sedona… regarded as one of our top Civil Engineers. Luke is truly a ‘Sedona Influential’
Q: Please tell us about yourself and what led you to your current career?
A: I’m a civil engineer specializing in land development. I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing things built and working with people. As a civil engineer, I spend a lot of time outside on projects, and when it rains, I get to spend time inside.
I came from a small town in Indiana, and I went to school at NAU. I was also in the Indiana Army National Guard. I enlisted as a Combat Medic, and I got my commission as an engineer or officer in the State of Arizona. I was the Commander of the Flagstaff/Prescott National Guard unit. I later became a senior instructor and logistics officer for the Arizona Military Academy, and after that, I went on to the Troop Brigade. In the 90s, I was deployed to South Arabia and Kuwait to serve in Operation Desert Storm.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Sedona?
A: I have been in Sedona for about 33 or 34 years.
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: I’ve learned to enjoy life. I pick the projects and the clients that I want to work with. So many of my clients have become good friends.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Sedona?
A: Mike Stevenson stands out because he’s become a great friend and mentor. Also, Dave Blauert has been a mentor as well. I’ve known him since the time I’ve moved here.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Sedona?
A: I have to be very careful with that one, ha-ha. I was a planner/engineer for Mariposa. That restaurant, in particular, made a lot of restaurants step up. So now we have a bunch of diverse restaurants in town.
Q: If you could choose anyone with whom would you love to have lunch?
A: I don’t know, I am happy with who I meet.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Sedona?
A: I like the Red Rocks. It is the most important asset that we have as a community. I’m on the Verde Valley Economic Board and have been dealing with a lot of development. People believe that we need more employment and industry jobs. However, we are competing with every other city and town globally. But one thing that we have that no one else has – is the Red Rocks. So, we need to promote that more.
Q: What would you like others to know about you?
A: I thought if I stayed in Arizona, I would be living in Prescott, or perhaps I would have moved back to Indiana. But after 34 years, I am still here. I believe that you have to find your happiness where you are, or you’ll never find it anywhere else.
From the interview with Jonelle Klein.