Christopher S. Traylor, co-president of Traylor Brothers, Inc., will serve as the 2012 Executive-in-Residence for the University of Southern Indiana College of Business. He will deliver a presentation, “Perspectives on My Career in Heavy Civil Construction: The First 20 Years,” at 10 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, September 12 in USI’s Carter Hall. Both presentations are free and open to the campus and public.
The Executive-in-Residence program provides valuable insights into the business world; and in this case, a three-generation family business. Traylor’s presentation will include a brief history of the family business as well as insight on strategic leadership and lessons learned as a young manager. His presentation will exemplify the company’s mission: “To be the most respected, preferred, and consistently-performing heavy civil contractor in the United States.”
Over the last 66 years, Traylor Brothers has developed into a highly adaptable construction organization focusing on large marine, bridge, and underground infrastructure projects primarily throughout North America. In recent years, Traylor Brothers has developed into a major design-build company sought after in joint ventures by other industry leaders. Traylor and his brothers, co-president, Mike Traylor, and vice presidents Tom, Jr. and Daniel, have been instrumental in the implementation of the company’s strategic planning efforts, mission, and goals.
The construction industry has always been a part of Chris Traylor’s life from the time he was a youngster dropping in to the office to visit his father and grandfather, to the summers as a teenager when he worked in the shop watching the maintenance, fabrication, and creation of machinery, equipment, and products designed for specialized projects, to the college semesters interned on various projects while earning his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Outside of Traylor Brothers, he is active in various construction industry organizations and serves on several committees and boards. Locally, Traylor lends himself to the community through his personal support and active participation in service projects and charitable events.