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Greystone's 2019 STRIVE Awards & Company Party

January 11, 2020

The Greystone team gathered at Mystic Lake Center to celebrate a successful year and recognize employees for years of service, outstanding performance and demonstration of the company's core values. The night also included a special presentation by SSG. John Kriesel, dinner, and a little fun.

Every year, Greystone team members nominate their peers for the STRIVE Awards -- this year we received more than 40 nominations.

Safety Award

Craft Professional Kyle Menden received the Safety Award for his commitment to zero incidents and safe construction sites. Kyle's nominator wrote: Kyle takes his job seriously and has grown into a safety leader. He shows great respect to all those around him by ensuring their safety when he is operating the crane.

The other finalists for the Safety Award were:

Kyle Menden, 2019 Safety Award Winner

Teamwork Award

Assistant PM Missy Bigot received the Teamwork Award for her commitment to collaboration and personal accountability with the goal of achieving greater results. Missy's nominator wrote: Missy has gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to teamwork. She has a great attitude and can-do spirit.

The other finalists for the Teamwork Award were:

Missy Bigot, 2019 Teamwork Award Winner

Relationships Award

Superintendent Todd Pexa received the Relationships Award for building trust and loyalty with both customers and colleagues through communication and collaboration. Todd's nominator wrote: Over the course of the Nutrien Dixon project, Todd worked hard from the start. The path was not easy but he persevered and earned trust and respect from the client.

The other finalists for the Relationships Award were:

Todd Pexa, 2019 Relationships Award Winner

Integrity Award

Craft Professional Warren Potter received the Integrity Award for his respect and honesty while operating at the highest ethical standards. Warren's nominator wrote: Warren is the very definition of integrity​.

The other finalists for the Integrity Award were:

Warren Potter, 2019 Integrity Award Winner

Versatility Award

Project Superintendent Colt Herndon received the Versatility Award for maintaining a "can do" attitude and willingness to learn when faced with challenging situations. Colt's nominator wrote: Colt faces challenging situations with fortitude. He will do just about anything, even jump on a plane on Thanksgiving day to rectify a situation with an owner.

The other finalists for the Versatility Award were:

Colt Herndon, 2019 Versatility Award Winner

Excellence Award

Project Manager Tyler Staloch received the Excellence Award for exceeding customer expectations with high quality craftsmanship and service. Tyler's nominator wrote: Tyler’s work is first-rate. He manages a great number of projects across the country with integrity and efficiency. He digs in to understand his clients’ needs and works hard to meet and exceed their expectations.

The other finalists for the Excellence Award were:

Tyler Staloch, 2019 Excellence Award Winner

Craft Professional of the Year

Craft Professional Danny Fischer received the Craft Professional of the Year Award for taking great pride in his work, exhibiting exceptional work ethic, and demonstrating superior skill excellence. Danny's nominator wrote: Danny has really stepped up his game. He’s the fabric crew MVP.

The other finalists for Craft Professional of the Year were:

Danny Fischer, 2019 Craft Professional of the Year

2019 Project of the Year

Greystone also recognized the Interstate Storage project in Lakeville, Minn. as the 2019 Project of the Year. Project Manager Bryce Hotzler, Superintendent Ben Britz and Superintendent Steve Radtke were recognized for their work.

Interstate Storage is a four-story, high-profile building on Interstate 35 in Lakeville, Minnesota. The owner representative said this about the project team: “Greystone was an excellent partner and always kept our best interest in mind. When faced with challenges, Greystone always chose the correct solution, whether it was easy or not.”

2019 Project of the Year: Interstate Storage

The other finalists for Project of the Year were:

Years of Service Awards

Greystone will celebrate its 33rd anniversary in April. Thirty of our team members have dedicated 5, 10, 15, 20 and even 25 of those 33 years. In 2019 we had nine team members reach milestones: 

5 Years of Service: Ryan Leisch, Kristina O’Brien, Jon Hormann, and Dianne Anderson

5 years of service

10 Years of Service: Todd Pexa and Matt Lawrence

10 years of service

15 Years of Service: Steve Radtke

15 years of service

20 Years of Service: Brian Kreuser and Chad Schmit

20 years of service

Lifetime Achievement Award

Suzanne O'Brien was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Suzanne's husband and President/CEO of Greystone, Kevin O'Brien, accepted the award on her behalf.

Gordie Schmitz, Vice President of Construction Operations, presented the award and said: Suzanne was instrumental in the success of Greystone. In the early days she was in the office doing administrative work, answering phones, and running bids. Later her support was behind the scenes. Suzanne was Kevin’s rock. Greystone’s rock. She has been there since the very beginning, when Kevin founded Greystone Construction Company. Suzanne believed in Kevin’s vision and encouraged him. We are here today because of Suzanne’s unwavering and constant support. She helped build Greystone into what it is today. We truly miss Suzanne, her beautiful soul, and her kind heart.

Lifetime Achievement Award to Suzanne O'Brien

More photos from the event


More about Greystone Construction

Greystone Construction is a general contractor based in Shakopee, Minnesota, with a regional office in Bismarck, North Dakota. Established in 1987, Greystone was built on a tradition of craftsmanship and quality service with a strong commitment to employee safety and community giving. Greystone serves the commercial, industrial, agribusiness, and senior housing industries throughout the Midwest and beyond.