CEO Chat

Charles Jordy, CEO, Jordy Construction, Denver, CO

Q. What did you want to be when you were a little kid?

A. An architect. I’ve always been fascinated with buildings and how they relate to their environment and the people who use them.

Q. What does your company do?

A. We are a commercial general contractor.

Q. How long has your company been in business?

A. We’ve been in business for 65 years. My father started the company in 1958.

Q. Can you tell us about why and how you started the company?

A. My real start began in 1978 when I joined my dad in the business. I thought I’d try it out for a while, and here we are a quick 45 years later and I still love it. My driving force and goal has been providing high-quality construction and, most importantly, excellent customer service.

Q. Hat has been your biggest business challenge in the past year?

A. Really, our challenges started with COVID-19. It pretty much brought projects, the supply chain and subcontractor labor to almost a halt. It’s improved a bit in the last year, but it’s a new normal in terms of lead times, permit times and staffing.

Q. What is one thing that makes you stand out from your competition?

A. The level of service we give our customers. We don’t care if it’s day, night, weekends or holidays, we are there for them and we won’t leave until they are 100% satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, we love to make profits and need to, but it’s not the driving force in our work.

Q. What do you wish you had more time to do?

A. More time to travel and see how other people live in this world. When I’m not working, I love to do just about anything with my husband. I love our family, which includes a golden retriever and two cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Q. What’s your favorite place in the world you’ve ever visited? 

A. That’s a tough one, but we just finished some time in Tuscany in a bit of an out-of-the-way place and absolutely loved it all, especially the food and the people.

Q. What is one piece of business advice you would offer your LGBTQ+ peers?

A. Be clear on your plan and goals, but don’t put on blinders. Be open to changes and unexpected things that occur. They may turn out to be the very best path — not always linear, but curvy and windy without a full sight of what lies ahead.

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