A Statement From McCownGordon's Leadership Team
Respect and inclusion for all.
McCownGordon condemns racism, discrimination and violence. Two of our core values—integrity and relationships—remain cornerstones for our company’s long-standing beliefs that all people be treated with respect and dignity.
We remain committed to providing opportunities for all. Our focus on diversity and inclusion remains unwavering because we know diverse thoughts, ideas and perspectives from people of different races, genders, beliefs and backgrounds, make our company stronger. They make our community stronger. And they make each of us a better human being.
There are no easy answers to this issue, but we pledge to work with the community, and business and civic leaders to support initiatives that advance peace and equality for all.
Celebrating Black History Month
Promoting an environment that genuinely values and embraces the diverse array of cultures and backgrounds represented by our associates is essential to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture at McCownGordon. As we celebrate Black History Month, we recognize it not only as a commemoration of African American history but also as American history, highlighting the invaluable contributions and enduring legacy of African Americans in the United States. Black History is not just about a month, but a continuous narrative woven into the fabric of our nation’s identity and progress.
By strengthening our commitment to improving the representation of women and minorities, we’ve seen increased engagement and a focus on taking ownership and giving back.
We regularly communicate to create an awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion and engage groups and resources throughout the community to support the efforts. Our internal Diversity + Inclusion committee focuses on three main pillars: understand, include and inspire.
Currently, five BRGs exist at McCownGordon, along with a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council and a DEI Advisory board, each made up of associates from various roles around the company. The BRGs include Black Heritage, Hispanic/Latinx, Pride, Veterans and Women in Leadership. Others may follow as the business grows.
— James Maiden
Internal Communications Specialist
— John Gregory
— Caleb Skaggs
McCownGordon is committed to respect and inclusion for all associates.
To deliver the best building experience, we strive to build a team of professionals with diverse perspectives and varying life experiences that reflect the communities we serve.
Instilled from our leadership
At McCownGordon, we look at diversity as the people with whom we associate, and inclusion is how we engage them. Diversity alone does not drive inclusion. We know the importance of ensuring that associates speak up and are heard, making it safe to propose ideas, empowering team members to make decisions, and sharing credit for team success.
Minority and Women Business Enterprises
McCownGordon has a proven record of meeting or exceeding MBE/WBE goals on projects. Our relationships with minority and women business enterprises are built on mutual respect and a commitment to our community.
Our diversity and inclusion engagement program begins with project outreach. Ensuring each and every trade partner has an equitable opportunity to work on a project is key to reaching goals.
The goal of our mentor-protege program is to bolster the area’s minority and women businesses. These companies often face challenges a company with a bit of experience can help them navigate. Our team partners with local MBE/WBE contractors, meeting regularly to provide guidance in every aspect of business, from project management and estimating to accounting and marketing. Our teams have found that this type of one-on-one relationship yields the most positive impacts on our trade partners.
— Trisha Brooke-Fruendt
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden School District | Construction Owners Representative
— Ron Fehr
City of Manhattan | City Manager
— John Clark
Plumbers and Pipefitters | Training Director
— Bill Taylor
Shook Hardy and Bacon | Director of Facilities
— Steven Taylor
Stillwater Medical | VP/ Chief Administrative Officer
— Dennis Cook
Aggieville Business Association | Executive Director
— Amy Bragg Carey
Friends University | President