Posts Tagged ‘CEO’

Building Community Through CEO Build Day

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

In support of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, local CEOs across the industry joined together for “CEO Build Day” where they spent the day building, networking with others, and discussing ways to impact the communities around us for years to come.

Egan Company President &CEO, James Ford volunteered alongside 17 local leaders to participate in a building project in North Minneapolis. These Twin Cities leaders contributed their time in the daylong event.  Their impact was seen in a North Minneapolis home.

“Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is always a great experience. There is something special and tangible about helping to help build someone’s future home. On top of that, being part of the CEO build day and volunteering alongside business leaders in our community made it all the more rewarding.”

President and CEO James Ford

At the root of our purpose at Egan Company, we believe in building better lives and communities – together. Throughout the year, we make a purposeful effort to provide opportunities for our people to make a difference in the local community, including volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland, Bikes4Kids, Fishing for Life, and many others.

This is the 21st annual CEO Build event organized by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit that seeks to provide a stable, safe home for everyone in the community. For more information on Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, visit their website.

20 Questions with our CEO James Ford

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

This spring, we welcomed James Ford into the role of President & Chief Executive Officer, following recently retired Duane Hendricks’ leadership succession. Previously, James served as both President and Chief Financial Officer. He also joined the Board of Directors in 2017. We sat down with James for a little “20 Questions” to get to know him better.

In one statement, what do you do at Egan? 

“Create teams with a focus on long-term success”

What’s your favorite part about working at Egan? 

“Hands down…’s our amazing people.”

What unique skills or strengths do you bring to your role? 

“I have a natural tendency to be focused on the future, which leads me to be curious and ask a lot of questions about what we should do next, how we can accomplish it, and who can help us.”

When you aren’t at work, what do you enjoy spending your free time doing? 

“I love to play golf and spend time on the water with my family.”

What advice would you have for future leaders in the industry? 

“You will likely master the technical skills you need fairly early in your career; then invest your time in learning how to communicate effectively, ask great questions, build relationships, create consensus, and how to see things from someone else’s point of view.”

What is the most memorable moment you had with a client or customer in the last 20 years? 

“I enjoy meeting with customers when we don’t have an active project with them because then the conversations are less about the current situation and are more focused on how we can build a better long-term relationship with them.”

What’s your educational background look like? 

“Bachelor of Science in Accounting from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.”

What’s one word you would use to describe the Egan team? 


If your life was a movie, what genre would it be? 

“Action with some comedy.”

What’s your favorite Minnesota season? 


What’s your favorite way to stay active? 

“Walking 18 holes”

How many years of industry experience do you have? 

“If you count my early years helping my dad install flooring, it would be 30 years of experience. Professionally I have been working with contractors for 22 years.”

Where is your hometown?

“Moorhead, Minnesota”

Best vacation you’ve ever been on? 


What was your first job? 

“I worked the meat counter at a grocery store”

What’s the best part of your work day? 

“Connecting with individual team members”

Who do you look to for inspiration/mentorship? 

“Simon Sinek”

What’s your favorite board game? 


Something that you’re extremely competitive about? 


What game show do you think you’d have the best chance at winning? 

“Price is Right”