Craig Nelson believes strongly that you develop leadership and share the credit for success. With a degree in Construction Science from Kansas State University and nearly four decades’ field management experience, he is significantly invested in equipping the Conco team with the internal processes, skill-building opportunity, support structures and rewards to be successful for the client. He believes the client service experience is best delivered through a desire for and focus on excellence. Under Nelson’s watch, Conco hiring practices are rigorous. New talent is coached and mentored to push hard, stretch as far as possible and perform to the highest standard. A hands-on leader, he keeps the lines of communication open to ensure the entire team—from executive leadership to the young construction laborer—is well supported. A serial winner of business awards, Nelson believes Conco’s highest pursuits are healthy skylines in the communities the firm serves and lasting relationships with clients.
Just beginning her fourth decade of service at Conco, Basto oversees accounting, procedures, financials and auditing. She says Conco is a family. She loves the fact that Conco self-performs, and acknowledges that her role gives her a “unique perspective on what it takes to make a project happen…how many people it takes, how many nails, screws, hammers…the magnitude of equipment needed…critical scheduling of labor. Each client comes with different requirements, which keeps the job ever-changing.
“It is very rewarding to know that the people you work with actually put their hands/muscles/minds into the final building. I love seeing a project come together. I work with the WIP (work in process) reports, and find it interesting to watch that information in comparison to what I hear at each weekly production meeting.”
On the Conco scene fewer than five years, Chris Biggs sees things through fresh eyes. “Conco is very different from most GCs today in that we self-perform a much larger percentage of the actual construction. This helps us control cost, scheduling and quality of the work in place to make us more competitive in the market.” He says Conco is resourceful. We diagnose challenges early on and come together to develop solutions before problems impact project cost or scheduling. With a degree in Construction Science & Management from Kansas State University, Biggs provides estimating and project management for clients across multiple industries. He likes taking a set of plans from start to finish, and appreciates the extra effort and often extra hours Conco superintendents put forth to make sure projects go as smoothly as possible.
Conco goes the extra mile for its employees too, he says. “We’re more than just workers. When one of us battled health problems, it was exciting to see the company band together and do anything we could to help out. Leadership genuinely cares for its employees and is not just focused on making money.”