Wow, what a reunion! This week I was fortunate enough to have a few slices of pizza with some amazing Clayco alumni and current team members. We shared memories and reflected on how we got to where we are today.

I couldn’t help but think about all the challenges overcome, the opportunities won and lost, the risks that paid off, the risks that didn’t pay off, the setbacks, the hard work turning into something bigger than myself, and of course, the friendships I made along the way.

I was so happy to see Clayco’s very first employee, Allen Conner, who started on the first day we opened for business on July 23, 1984.

Joining us was also my longtime partner Jeff Cannedy, as well as John Gebel who started at Clayco in 1985 and made a huge difference to the company back when we were still finding our footing.

Clayco’s longtime Labor Superintendent for the entire company, Ed Shields, was there as well. I also caught up with Chris Cedergreen, who led the architecture side of the business for close to 20 years, and Mike Murray – who I consider to be our first real CFO!

It’s amazing to witness the memories that come back when you’re talking with people who helped contribute to Clayco’s success. Today we employ thousands of team members across the country and none of that would’ve been possible without the people who were there at the very beginning.

To the countless team members who have been an invaluable part of building Clayco over the years – thank you for joining me.