Life is exciting and full of adventure if you’ll take it. I’ve been married thirteen years and have three exceptional kids under five years old. My life is continuously blessed with so much opportunity and amazing experiences. My Story; I was first licensed in ‘07 as a general contractor in Oregon specializing in pole structures and shops. Built out one for a customer that did commercial construction and eventually became a very close friend. Before long it was full-time on the road doing tenant improvements with a crew travelling with me. We self-performed all the non-mep trades from concrete, metal framing, drywall, tile, act, carpentry, paint, and even architectural steel. This was fast paced, hard knox experience that would be difficult to match in any other environment. Doing all these trades really taught me not just the skills to perform the actual work but being efficient and managing teams along with the business and financial side. All the while improving proficiency managing sub-contractors, site operations, schedules, budgets, risk management, and dealing with clients. Haylee and I were able to enjoy the culture in some great and not so great places. We spent around seven years outside Oregon living in places like Boston, DC, Manhattan, and Southern California before moving back to bend. Some of the tough and challenging times like building restaurants in NYC was a strain at the time but provided lessons and growth I’m so grateful for now. By the end of ’16 it was clear it was time to shift gears and step out as an independent organization.
I am Larry Gilkison, and yes I love being able to get up each morning and go to work. I have the privilege of getting to work with two of my best friends, both my boys, Brice and Levi! I have been married to my sons mother Darby for nearly forty years. Along with my boys, I have two beautiful daughters (in-laws) and six of the cutest grandkids the good Lord ever created! You’ll seldom ever find me without a smile on my face and a positive attitude. I’d like to think I bring positive energy with me everywhere I go. But usually the only one that laughs at all my own jokes. Drove truck most all my life as a career but have always loved creating, building, fixing, inventing, and pretty much anything that’s hands on or figuring out solutions for a problem or need. My office is by far the largest of them all. It’s a fully equipped shop that allows me to create and build whatever comes my way and always have the right tool for the job! Creating, designing, and building is a real passion of mine. Generally the millwork designs I get are a rough proto-type but when asking for specs it’s, “whatever you think”. You will also find me doing some traveling across the nation for small projects or just helping to put the finish details on some of the larger ones. Life is good! I am very blessed to be a part of the Censor Commercial Construction team!
Greetings, Earthling! My name is Mike Thomas, how can I help? It is an absolute privilege to be linked to Censor Commercial Construction. The culture here allows me to be the best me I can be. There have only been a limited number of jobs in my life where I have enjoyed going to work and being part of a team that strives for excellence. I have been blessed to have spent time in a number of different industries. Having been an early adopter of the BASIC programming language (read: I was there from the start or I am getting old!), I set a course to be a part of the IT field. Upon graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Information Science, I decided to “take a year off” to explore the world. In those travels I became involved with research for preventing lower leg injuries in skiing and snowboarding with the University of Vermont, managed ski hostels, guided whitewater rafting, learned how to design and build websites, as well as helping business owners attract more customers through digital marketing. In order to support my travel habit, I worked in the construction industry during the “off seasons.” Eventually, I gained enough experience to start my own construction company. Through hard work and persistence, we were able to build the company large enough to be involved with several golf resorts in the Pacific Northwest. In the end, I realized that it is the relationship building part of any venture that I was involved with was what I enjoyed the most. I feel that the construction industry is where I can best utilize my skills. I am of the opinion that my role with Censor Commercial Construction combines my life and work experience into a package that will continue to contribute to us being an industry leader. How can I help?
All I wanted to do since I was a child was to race professional motocross. It taught me a lot of great personal life skills. I learned how to keep a maintenance schedule for my bikes, training programs that required self-discipline, dedication, setting goals, hard work ethic and, keeping a positive outlook. When I finally had made it to be a professional, I ended up getting injured, I lost my ride and racing was over for me. I was 20 years old and had no idea what I was going to do with life. That year I started to work for a small concrete company. I took the skills I had learned from racing and put them towards learning everything I could learn that had to do with concrete. After about six months the company I was with was going out of business. So, my next step was that I offered to buy all his equipment and clients that he had obtained over his years. I went out, obtained an SBA loan for the equipment, tools, and a truck. After a couple months, I owned my own concrete company with not a lot of knowledge how to run a business. I surrounded my self with people that were business owners, put my head down and went to work. The first year of my company I learned a lot of difficulties being an owner, though from every problem we moved forward and learned from them. By my third year in business I had five trucks, eighteen employees, a concrete pump, and was one of the top 10 concrete companies in Central Oregon. When the economy crashed, developers quit and the local building stopped crippling my company. The next four years, I branched my company to trades from excavation, framing, siding, drywall, finish, tile, concrete counter tops, Remodeling homes 100+ years old all over Oregon. I always wanted to travel and do construction, but never could get my foot in the door, 2012 Levi Gilkison came to me with an opportunity to work on a JC Penny project in San Francisco. Within a year I was running projects in New York. From there I lived on the road doing projects from Colorado to Harlem, from shoe stores to restaurants. I had a crew that traveled with me and we would self-perform all the construction trades less the MEP trades. I learned every aspect of building TI project in different states and cities. Levi went off and started our new Company Censor Commercial Construction. In the first nine months we went from Levi’s home office to working on 8 -14 projects at a time. Moved in to our new office, expanded and rented the one next door joining them together, hired a full office staff and now have over 20 employees. It is amazing to see that this company started as a dream not so long ago and now what it has achieved and will continue too.