Casey Kraft named Vail area manager at Gallegos |

Casey Kraft named Vail area manager at Gallegos

Daily staff report

WOLCOTT — Casey Kraft was recently promoted to Vail area manager for the Gallegos Corp. Originally founded in the Vail Valley by Gerald Gallegos in 1970, the organization now has regional offices in Denver and Aspen as well as its corporate headquarters in Wolcott.

Kraft started his career with Gallegos straight out of college in 2004 as an estimator and then went on to serve as a project engineer for the Arrabelle project in Lionshead in Vail. Subsequently, Kraft moved up to become a project manager for Gallegos, then served as vice president of the concrete division before being promoted to area manager for the Vail area.

“When I initially started working for Gallegos, it gave me an opportunity to live in a mountain community,” Kraft said. “What appealed to me was the fact that Gallegos was family-owned in a resort community and was a little bit smaller than the larger scale companies — even though we’re one of the larger contractors in the state.”

As area manager, Kraft is responsible for overseeing all aspects of work that take place in the Vail area and is held accountable for issues such as safety and profitability as well as the physical work that is bid out of his office. He oversees 60 to 100 employees, depending on the season.

‘Taking Care of your own people’

“There is an importance upon taking care of your own people, and it’s important to me to continue that mentality moving forward,” Kraft said. “That’s the reason that we have so many employees that are 20 years-plus people. That’s one of the reasons we are celebrating our 45th anniversary this year. You take care of people and you promote from within when possible — that’s how you keep the right people and continue to provide the highest quality work. There’s a tremendous pride in that for me and all of our employees. We are part of something bigger than ourselves at Gallegos.”

Headquartered in the Vail Valley of Colorado and with offices in Aspen and Denver, the Gallegos Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Gallegos specializes in residential and commercial building solutions including masonry, concrete, stucco, plaster, granite, marble, art rock and tile. For more information on Gallegos, please visit http://www.gallegos or call 970-926-3737