One, Steve Rogers, a Mechanical Engineer from Texas Tech University, was working in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Stran-Steel Corporation, makers of metal buildings. The other, Pat O’Brien, a Civil Engineer from Texas A&M University, was working in Texas for Texaco, supervising the construction of service stations. Steve said, “We saw what was being built and decided we could do it every bit as good as that and probably better.” And so this company’s story began.
As the 1980’s dawned, Rogers-O’Brien was hitting its stride. Revenues were growing incrementally every year, as were profits. The company’s project portfolio was diversifying, they were building more jobs that were not metal buildings, but individual project size remained relatively small. Despite this, they continued making investments in technology and people as they could.
The strong relationship with Texas Instruments became a powerful influence on the company’s success. All involved feel that the company became a better builder and they became better people. Steve Rogers goes on to pursue other adventures, and at the same time, Preston McAfee, Pat’s son, returned to the company, as Executive Vice-President. His timely return allowed the company to continue its strong marketing initiatives, and it opened up the market for doing developer projects which remains a major market for Rogers-O’Brien today.
RO reaches the $150 Million mark and continues to grow strategically with adding key team members and expanding into the Austin market. Preston becomes CEO and Pat moves to Chairman. They too, became effective partners as Steve and Pat had been. Justin McAfee joins the family business and technology becomes a differentiator for the company.
Rogers-O’Brien becomes a national technology leader, much further advanced, than very large companies – analyzing every task performed in the field to see if there is a technology application that can add value for both the clients and the company. RO gains additional momentum from major investments in people and their development, in strategic thinking about markets, in strengthening the culture, and in additional geographic expansion.
For the last 50 years, RO has consistently proven that there is A Better Way to do things, whether that’s in how we build buildings or foster relationships. We’ve applied that same philosophy and way of thinking with technology and innovation. Since 2011, RO has been a leader in construction technology around the world and we don’t plan on changing that reputation – the future is bright and the opportunities are endless.