This is my last contribution to the newsletter as your Chairman and CEO.
There are many heartfelt words that I want to say, but I will limit them to just a few. As you may know, I started with Griffith Company in 1978 as a laborer and except for a few years, I have spent my entire career here. I have loved every minute. What has made my time so enjoyable is the Griffith people. At every turn, I was taught by those who walked before me. When I came on as a laborer, experienced laborers showed me the ropes. When I became a foreman, it was the same. When I came into the office as a trainee estimator, senior estimators spent the time to get me started correctly. And of course, as I started up the ranks of management there was always someone leading the way. I, too, have always shared the knowledge that comes from hard work and experience with those around me. I have always done my best to help others be successful. That is the magic of Griffith Company. As I depart, I see the strength of our culture is mature, and the magic that makes us Griffith Company is in place. We have never been stronger as a company. The executive and management teams are young, strong and prepared for the future. They will continue the upward success of Griffith Company.
Our corporate structure of Regions and Divisions adds incredible strength to the Company, helping to fulfill our Vision Statement “to become the contractor of choice.” And, in so many of our markets we have become just that, the contractor of choice. Now that we are pursuing alternative delivery projects our reputation will help to open that market for us as well.
During my tenure I have seen great growth and development here at Griffith Company. I’m proud to have been part of such a great team. As I say goodbye, it is time to welcome our next leadership team. Jaimie and Ryan are ready and able to take the reins and lead us to the next level. We are in such a good place as a company, I have complete faith in our ongoing success. I know this because our future is in good hands–all of you.
Thank you for your support. You have made this a wonderful experience for me.