The Who's Who Cincinnati, Columbus & Dayton Article Archive

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Taking Projects to New Heights
Spring/Summer 2020

Shane Allyne stumbled upon his life’s calling early in life, but it happened in a rather unlikely place: while traveling in the back seat of his father’s truck. Shane’s father worked in the construction industry, and he recalls listening…

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An Enduring Focus
Spring/Summer 2020

Take care of your clients and employees. Be responsive. Be fair. Work hard. These are the foundational values that have fueled more than 50 years of success at Century Construction, Inc., one of northern Kentucky’s largest full-service general…

First Impressions with Lasting Impact
Spring/Summer 2020

The first thing a customer should see when entering a business is a design that gets their attention; a sign that identifies and promotes at the same time. First impressions are extremely important and can make a lasting impact.

Building on Strength and Success
Spring/Summer 2020

As a general contractor, Carra Builders Commercial Construction Co. (Carra Builders), located in Clayton, Ohio, enjoys stability and success from 38 years in the construction business. What makes the company exceptional is the staff’s ability…

Match Made in Heaven
Spring/Summer 2020

Woody Torline and Fernando Cruz Jr. spent years as professional acquaintances who occasionally joked about how they would make a fortune together if they joined forces.

Set in Stone
Fall/Winter 2019

Konkus Marble & Granite, Inc. started in 1997 as a small marble and granite shop in Dublin, Ohio. With a background in the marble and granite industry, Owner Marc Konkus based the business primarily on the installation of marble windowsills,…

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No Shortage of Storage Solutions
Fall/Winter 2019

When Walmart called on a Wednesday afternoon needing a pair of 40-foot storage containers, American Mobile Leasing, LLC (AML) Co-Owner Jimmy Johnson stopped what he was doing and figured out how to meet the immediate need for the retail giant.…

Leading The Way
Fall/Winter 2019

Kelly Hollatz exhibits the kind of raw confidence you want in a provider of safety equipment and personnel. Contractors, event planners and government offices call on her company—First Star Safety, LLC of Cincinnati—to provide the free-standing…

A Reverence for Relationships
Fall/Winter 2019

In 2018, Steven Bitzer, President of Deerfield Construction Company (Deerfield), spent 152 nights in hotels around the country. Steven wasn’t on vacation. The head of the Loveland, Ohio-based general contracting company was instead on the ground…

Past The Red Tape
Spring/Summer 2019

For many companies, the red tape that comes with government contracts is too great an obstacle to overcome. For IAP Government Services Group (IAP), that same tape marks out a path to success.

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A Helping Hand For Others
Spring/Summer 2019

Joe Croft takes pride in everything he is involved in. “Our company name is on every single one of the trucks in our fleet, and our employees proudly wear a company uniform,” he says. “We stand behind everything we do. We would never install…

Roofer on a Mission
Spring/Summer 2019

Anthony Day was once a reluctant roofer. The owner of The Roof Doctor—a roofing contractor based in Amelia, Ohio—Day essentially grew up in the industry, helping his father with his roofing business. Although Day initially resisted the idea…

High Standards, Grounded Results
Spring/Summer 2019

American poet Robert Frost is credited for saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Jeff Bell, President and owner of BellBrook Fence Company in Dayton, Ohio, takes that adage to heart.

Treating Clients Like Family
Spring/Summer 2019

Family comes first, and the team at Commercial Construction Group LLC (CCG) engages with its clients by treating them just like family. Owner-operators Bill and Kathleen (Kit) Taylor have been committed to this principle since opening CCG in…

The Rooftop Reformers
Fall/Winter 2018

When Josh O’Brien took a job as a salesman at a roofing company at the age of 21, he never imagined that this first job would be his professional destiny.

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Gaining Strength from Setbacks
Fall/Winter 2018

In business and life, all of us suffer setbacks, unexpected bad luck and circumstances beyond our control. While some see defeat as a reason to give up or change course, others refuse to give in and instead use disappointment as energy to fuel…

A Shining Example
Fall/Winter 2018

We’ve all seen those ugly old trucks pulling equipment encrusted with tar from months or even years of paving jobs. So why does G&J Paving, Inc. (G&J) keep their equipment and trucks so shiny? President and CEO Chad Jordan believes it’s akin…

Experience Points the Way
Fall/Winter 2018

When it comes to ranking careers, professional plumbers may not always make the Top 10 Best Jobs list. But when a plumbing issue disrupts the normal course of life, finding a reliable and trustworthy plumber becomes job one for most people.<

Zooming in on Commercial Real Estate
Fall/Winter 2018

John Rickert started his adult work life as a U.S. Army officer and Scout helicopter pilot. He and partner Larry May now lead General Contracting Partners, Ltd. (GC Partners) with similar values.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Spring/Summer 2018

Nobody said life would be easy. An entrepreneur by temperament, an accountant by education, Matt Brennan understands numbers. But in 2008, as the Great Recession settled in for a long, hard visit, Matt found new meaning in the word “downturn.”…

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Quality Services at an Affordable Price
Spring/Summer 2018

While other companies focus on high-dollar roof replacements, Aaron Kerrigan, owner of Kerrigan Roofing and Restoration, keeps his sights on creating customer value. That means offering roofing and restoration services that make sense. “Very…

Old-Fashioned Values, Friendly Service
Spring/Summer 2018

Jeff Sandlin and Kevin Serey took a mom-and-pop business and created a roofing powerhouse in the Dayton, Ohio, area, with annual revenues growing from $1 million to more than $5 million in five years. Their secret to success? When in doubt,…

Do the Right Thing
Spring/Summer 2018

When Jim Mitchell’s two sons first began working with him at BHI General Contracting, they worried their dad was taking his work way too seriously.

Success in Inclusion
Spring/Summer 2018

It’s not often that a successful organization decides to restructure and reinvent the way it does business, and even less often that the restructuring leads to even more success. But IAP Government Services Group is a different story. The company…

Getting it Right
Fall/Winter 2017

For over two decades, Amanda Caldwell worked in-house as a code researcher for firms in the architecture industry, coordinating complex permitting processes for clients across the country. As her confidence in her area of expertise grew, she…

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The Grand Design
Fall/Winter 2017

When Joe Harkleroad was growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, he followed his father to a construction site most nights after dinner. The oldest of seven children just thought he was helping his dad. Later, when he worked on construction…

As Reliable as Family
Fall/Winter 2017

Despite its recent rapid growth, Reliable Electric, Inc., a full-service electrical contractor based in Dayton, Ohio, has retained a tight-knit family atmosphere among its employees. In fact, the resulting camaraderie and sense of shared purpose…

Staying True to Your Roots
Fall/Winter 2017

Imagine your garage for a moment. What do you see in your mind’s eye? Besides your car, you might envision some dusty boxes filled with Christmas decorations, or a treadmill that hasn’t been used since The Great Hamstring Incident of 2014. It’s…

Building Restaurants and Relationships
Fall/Winter 2017

The world of construction is often a game of hurry up and wait. Time is money, and delays or changes also take up time and cost money. The “hurry up” part—completing contracts and plans and distributing them to all relevant parties—is a straightforward…

Leadership Defined
Spring/Summer 2017

Clay Graham, Founder and President of Opcon, a general contracting firm based in Carol Stream, Ill., believes his is a common story— one of hard times, good times, tenacity, and most important of all, commitment to family and country.

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Staying Atop of What Matters Most
Spring/Summer 2017

Durable, quality-built roofs are vital to sustaining any building envelope. Similarly, Wm. Kramer & Son Inc.’s commitment to excellence serves to safeguard the assets of building owners. As this family-owned business prepares to transition operations…

Lending Heart and Hand
Fall/Winter 2016

Highway work zones are one of the most dangerous environments in construction today. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2010, there were 32,999 work zone accidents, resulting in 586 deaths. By 2014, the…



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