Vail Valley construction company changes leaders, maintains foundation
December 22, 2010
Andy Beck has a plan. But this plan doesn’t involve bricks and mortar. It involves people – the right people to keep a Vail Valley success story growing.
Over the past 40 years, Beck has built Beck Building Company into one of the most respected construction firms in Colorado. In that time, the company has won numerous awards, including the 2008 National Custom Builder of the Year award by Custom Home Magazine.
As his company grew and prospered, Beck knew he would one day turn over the reins to those who could add to the company’s many accomplishments. It’s a plan he’s been working on since the 1980’s.
Over the years, Beck has invested in transition strategies, consultants and personal growth initiatives. He has always held firm to the belief that you should train your successors from day one. He did that with Frank Payne who Beck chose to be his CEO, and Kevin O’Donnell, who picked for company president. They were clearly the best men for the job.
Payne, and O’Donnell feel especially protective of the legacy with which they have been entrusted. They are clearly in sync with each other, as each finishes the other’s sentences and as they describe their goals for the company’s future using exactly the same words.
Payne has been with Beck for almost 40 years and has been running the operations side of the business. He rose through the ranks of the company through a variety of positions, and knows the business inside and out. He has literally written the book on Beck Building Company, authoring most of the key manuals and programs now in place.
“Because we are process-focused, it helps ensure a better product-and better relationships,” Payne said. “As builders, we’re very detail-oriented and our clients appreciate it.”
O’Donnell brings an academic’s perspective in addition to 14 years of experience with Beck. With his degree in construction management from the University of Denver, his background provides a complement to the hands-on experience of Payne and Beck.
“Building Science is such an important piece of the building process and it cannot be overlooked,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said Beck did a good job focusing on hiring good people and giving them the tools to be great. He set such high standards for the team. “I have a lot to live up to,” O’Donnell said.
Payne and O’Donnell said they’re up to the challenge of guiding the company. They cite advances in technology as ways to continue the company’s growth and exceed client expectations. Both said they are dedicated to continuing Beck’s legacy of green building, sustainability and energy conservation, and are mindful of being careful with their clients’ budgets with.
Beck still visits the office. Old habits die hard and the love of the business is still in his blood. But, he added, he’s even prouder of the new leadership at the company he founded.