Thomas Crowther gives us an inside look at The Crowther Group, a design-build commercial construction firm.
Briefly tell us about your organization and its work in the Dallas Region.
The Crowther Group is not your typical design-build commercial construction firm. We are a new/old company — a start-up made up of seasoned construction professionals with a combined 80 years experience working with owners and developers, as well as consultants, architects, and engineers. Our depth makes us a one-stop shop based on the relationships we’ve nurtured in the retail, office, public/K-12, aviation industries, and with major roll-outs for organizations. And our expertise extends from project conception to beyond tenant occupancy. The Dallas Region is one of the nation’s hottest commercial real estate markets, and that’s why The Crowther Group’s business model works. The best contractors in the Dallas Region are all so inundated with the big projects that they can’t take on the collaborative special projects for their very important clients at a high level. We can.
How does your company help other businesses become more effective through digital solutions?
We are constantly implementing innovative ways to resolve our clients’ challenges and make the way we do business more efficient. We are also “cross training,” exchanging the knowledge offered by our more tenured construction-skilled leaders with the digital knowledge offered by our millennial workforce. This enables team members to provide each client with a collaborative, streamlined project experience of talented millennials and skilled tradesmen partnering together with the latest technologies.
What differentiates the Crowther Group from other companies in your industry?
We are a construction firm with a combined 80 years experience working from top real estate and construction firms that are ranked highly by Engineering News-Report. Our biggest differentiator by far is that our key staff have all served as owner representatives in past careers; this allows us to think more globally than the typical general contractor as we solve our clients’ hard cost concerns. That quality is rare among start-up firms in our space.
What do you enjoy most about doing business in Dallas?
Centrally located, great people and home to a myriad of industries – transportation, education, IT, finance, tourism, consumer, healthcare – there is opportunity everywhere in Dallas. Statistics indicate our region’s population is projected to nearly double by 2050. With this growth, our greatest issue is the potential decline of a “ready-now” workforce with professional skills needed by businesses to support our market’s lifeblood (logistics, construction/trade, advanced services, and technology) for future regional growth. We want to nurture that workforce. Our organization takes it a step further by providing a strong infrastructure through professional and financial growth to our employees, all of whom are residents locally, to assist them in passionately serving local causes. Dallas is a place where together, we can make a true difference. Where else could a kid from the Bahamas work at so many great companies and have the wherewithal to live the American Dream of being a small business owner?
Why did you decide to become a DRC member?
As a company owner and stakeholder, my most important asset is time. I want to make the most of every minute to grow my business, develop people, manage risk and serve our communities. The Dallas Regional Chamber gives us the opportunity to focus on all four at the highest level. Also, it connects us to some of the world’s greatest leaders and organizations in the nation’s fourth largest economy.
How has your business changed in the last five years?
Five years ago, the construction market was considered reasonably good. Now, it is a mega-market. Being entrepreneurial in such a market means we can attract bench-ready, experienced construction pros who can be coaches and mentors to the millennials we are hiring. This is a key to our business model: nurturing young leaders who will take our company into the future. At our heart, we are a company who builds trusted relationships one partner at a time. Our team’s greatest motivator as a small fish in a big pond is that every large, successful company started as a small business.
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