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Business 1 on 1 with Stephen Keys

JASON VORHEES/THE TELEGRAPHStephen Keys is the owner and co-founder of Pro Construction of Ga. LLC.
JASON VORHEES/THE TELEGRAPHStephen Keys is the owner and co-founder of Pro Construction of Ga. LLC. jvorhees@macon.com

Stephen Keys, owner and co-founder, Pro Construction of Ga. LLC, 4549 Knight Road, Macon, 254-7022

How long have you been in business?: “I’ve been in commercial construction management since 1982. I worked with a contractor in Atlanta for probably 15 years before I went into business for myself in Atlanta in 1998.”

When the recession hit, Keys worked with another contractor for a few years until 2009 when he returned to Middle Georgia, where he was born and raised and founded Pro Construction.

“I’ve been doing commercial construction management and doing design-build work for 30 years. The design-build part of what we do helps us to enter into real construction projects without going through the public sector to bid on work. ... We have 12 employees. We put superintendents on every job.”

What do you like best about your job?: “I enjoy managing commercial construction projects. And I enjoy the people that I build for and how they are grateful for when I tell them I’m going to do something, I do it.”

What is your specialty?: Our niche is fast-track commercial construction management. We work multiple subs simultaneously to put the contract scope of work in place in a very short time frame. ... We do churches, restaurant, convenience stores and office buildings. ... We work in the Southeast territory.

What are your future plans?: “My plans are to continue growing and providing the stable and dependable service we have for years.

-- Linda S. Morris

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