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"I think people join us because they like
to work hard and they enjoy being involved
with some major, high-profile projects
throughout the state," he says. "We try to
keep them busy, keep them challenged
and make sure they're enjoying seeing the
rewards of impressive buildings the end of
He praises Smith's work. "Bruce does a
tremendous job as vice president down in
Ann Arbor, developing business down there
and overseeing project executive on the
high rises," Spence says.
Another key leader is Executive Vice
President and COO Ed Spence III. "He is
in charge of our day-to-day operations in
Southern Michigan in getting work done
and keeping customers satisfied," Herb
"He does a tremendous job through the
field, knows how to build and has done a
good job with expanding the project load
we have," Spence adds.
Vice President of Pre-construction Services Brian Keeler also excels at developing
work down state and working with architects and designers. "[He makes] sure the
project is staying on budget," Spence says.
He also praises his cousin, Vice President
Bob Spence, and directors John Galnares
and Ted Nelson, who manage its office in
Traverse City, Mich., and project directors
Kelli Jenness and Shane Willis.
Chief Financial Officer Norm Thomas
is also singled out for praise. "[He] makes
sure that we pay and get paid in a timely
manner," Spence says.
Concrete tradework has always been a
very important part of the company's expertise. Board Chairman Dick Spence and vice
presidents Dave and Matt Spence estimate,
manage and direct much of Spence Brothers' tradework operations.
Spence sees a strong future for Spence
Brothers. "We've got a tremendous backlog
for the foreseeable future here," he says.
"We're continuing to grow and take on a lot
of challenging projects."
But as it does, the company will cope
with the industry-wide challenge of finding qualified workers. "We need to attract
and keep the best talent out there," Spence
says, noting that the company is busy in
"We have been very successful in expanding our workforce from the trades to
superintendents and project managers," he
says. "The future certainly looks bright."
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