Thoughts On The New Year: Partnership & Promise

Long ago, our founder Howard Shockey said, “Glance back, but look to the future”.

Shockey enters 2019 with a robust slate of work, building significant projects for repeat clients as well as our new partners across three states. Are we full, with no capacity to build more? No. In fact, we are always looking for the next opportunity to partner – as long as it is the right fit for all involved. This commitment to partnership has taken us to exciting places in recent months.

Shockey is now serving as a GC, CM, or design-builder in near-urban and suburban cores (including Rockville, MD, Richmond, VA, Fairfax, VA, and Arlington, VA). We intend to build many more successful projects in these areas as we grow, and I will be placing personal emphasis on cultivating our growth in our near-urban/suburban markets in 2019 and beyond. In so doing, however, we will remain committed to our Shenandoah Valley markets and growing markets in West Virginia. We will not forget our past as we move into our future.

We’ll remain on ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Top Contractors’ List, but we will only measure our own growth in terms of satisfied customers, trusted partnerships, and repeat business earned. We’ve successfully built for 123 years, and we will never stray from our core values – safety, quality, schedule and budget will continue to govern our daily actions. We will always strive to do the right thing.

We’ll continue to win major awards for our work — like the three ENR Mid-Atlantic awards we’ve won in the past two years — but those will only be a derivative of having done our jobs well. Innovation and planning will move us forward in an industry that is sure to change dramatically in the coming years, and we’ll continue to hire the best and the brightest to lead the way. We are a team of builders, and successful building is the lens through which we’ll continue to view the world. It is reward enough.

In short, we’ll be the same Partner of Choice that you’ve always known, while purposefully moving towards our next frontiers. It’s time for us all to look towards 2020, 2025 and beyond. It’s going to be so much fun to see where we – along with trusted partners like you – continue to grow in the future.