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David Dickson – Dickson Company

It’s been sent to the so-called dustbin of history, and nobody’s likely to have mourned the demolition of the old King County Youth Services Center in Seattle. Especially with the new Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center having opened late last year to critical acclaim and reflecting a more progressive approach to […]

Comico Hadden

When it comes to pulling together construction projects, Comico Hadden got a formidable lesson from two strong-minded women in her life who taught her anything can be achieved with hard work and persistence. She learned that firsthand when her mother and grandmother bought an affordable fixer-upper in northern New Jersey and taught the 8-year-old how […]

Duane Boris ‒ Northern Tool + Equipment

During the economic downturn and recession in 2008 and 2009, just before Duane Boris came to work at Northern Tool, the Minnesota-based construction equipment provider faced a choice: Continue as it had or adapt to the changing marketplace. It did the same thing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boris says. “Even though we’ve been […]

Holly Gotfredson – American Metalcraft

To say that the metal fabrication industry is male-dominated would be an understatement. But that hasn’t stopped Holly Gotfredson from making her own statement. As the owner of American Metalcraft Inc. located just outside of Atlanta, Gotfredson and her leadership directors guide nearly 60 team members in producing painted aluminum architectural products for projects ranging […]

Efrain Corona – Quick Quack Car Wash

There was an element of surprise that made a world of difference for six-year-old Julissa and her family—something they never expected, living around the corner from the new neighborhood car wash. Julissa had beaten the odds, having leukemia once, but was stricken again. With mounting medical bills, life was tough for her family. They never […]

Jerry Baker – Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical

Growing up, Jerry Baker remembers watching his father build houses for wealthy and famous people—magnificent structures that seemed more like castles than homes. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and worked with him for a few years while his career took shape. But Baker says that he had a broader vision—he was wired […]

Ed Tinsley – Bernhard

When Louisiana-based Bernhard Mechanical Contractors opened its doors in 1919, the company focused mainly on projects for businesses and residents in and around Baton Rouge: plumbing, custom sheet metal fabrication and so on. The company was founded by German-born William Bernhard, who emigrated to New Orleans with his parents. The definition of a self-made man, […]

Paul Battista – Brothers Paving & Concrete Corporation

Earlier this year, Paul Battista expected to be on campus at Harvard University for the third and final semester of an Executive Education program he began a few years ago. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic kept him at home in northern Virginia. And while he hasn’t completed the degree yet, he’s not letting the global health […]

Larry Wombles ‒ Associated Construction and Engineering

Most people go through life never having owned a business. Larry Wombles owns four in industries ranging from pump stations, sewer and lift stations, and grading operations, to agricultural, petroleum and public works. And while owning that many companies in such diverse industries has its perks, it also comes with many challenges, especially during a […]

Childress Klein – Jon Wilson

While Jon Wilson found his love of construction early on in his career, 14 years ago this Wisconsin native was looking for a change of scenery. When someone mentioned the word “lake” in reference to North Carolina, that’s all he had to hear. Bags packed, in 2006 Wilson and his family headed south, where he […]

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