|photography by Joshua Martin|
TITLE/COMPANY President and CEO/Rogers-O’Brien Construction
TENURE 16 years, eight as CEO
BEST PART OF YOUR JOB Seeing customers and [our] people being successful as a team and being proud of what they built.
WORST PART The biggest challenge is to continually find opportunities for all employees to grow while maintaining the culture of the company. But we’ve been successful in doing it so far.
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IF YOU WEREN’T CEO OF ROGERS-O’BRIEN I’d be farming and ranching.
MENTORS Pat O’Brien, my father-in-law, and Steve Rogers, the founders of Rogers-O’Brien. They are well-respected and set the tone for integrity.
WEAKNESS Tools and equipment!
BOOK I’m currently reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
RECENT PURCHASE A trailer-mounted smoker. Weekends In Athens, Texas, on the lake, or on a hunting lease somewhere.
ACCOMPLISHMENT My wife and our three children. They have great hearts and are great people. As far as work, I have two—being recognized as the American Institute of Architects Contractor of the Year in 2001, and the American Subcontractors Association General Contractor of the Year in 2008.
INDUSTRY TRENDS Right now there are out-of-control cost escalations in all phases; it is a challenge because we are trying to stay ahead for customers. Also, there is the mixed-use trend that is continuing in urban developments, and in the past four to five years health-care construction has become a big market.
ON THE DOWN ECONOMY Rogers-O’Brien is staying focused on our existing clients and markets while continually looking for opportunities to diversify and add value to our organization. There always seem to be prospects that arise from challenging conditions.