Uncommon Wealth Partners
Uncommon Wealth Partners
Cramer and Associates

Robert Cramer and Dan Cramer are second-generation leaders of Cramer and Associates, a family-founded construction company specializing in bridge and culvert building. Following the entrepreneurial spirit of their fathers, both Robert and Dan have advanced the company by maintaining a strong work ethic and upholding values of integrity and quality craftsmanship.

The conversation unfolds with a reflection on the company’s origins, Robert and Dan offer a historical account of how their fathers, hailing from humble beginnings, leveraged the interstate system construction boom to establish Cramer Brothers and eventually transitioned to Cramer and Associates. They emphasize the importance of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in fostering a culture of ownership and responsibility among workers, fundamentally shaping the company’s success.

Key Takeaways from the episode include:

  • The pivotal role of strategic generational transitions in maintaining a company’s longevity.
  • How the ESOP model can empower employees and positively affect a company’s performance.
  • The significance of incorporating personal faith and values into business practices and leadership.
  • The importance of on-field leadership in ensuring efficiency and fostering a culture of ownership.
  • The challenges and growth opportunities presented by large-scale infrastructure projects.

Notable Quotes:

  • “If you look at the ESOP as a giveaway, you’ll be very happy with it.” – Robert Cramer
  • “Having an eternal perspective, I think a good spiritual perspective allows you to have a sense of humility in leadership.” – Dan Cramer
  • “It just flat doesn’t work today… you’ve lost that ‘it’s on me, I need to figure this out.'” – Dan Cramer on adapting leadership styles.
  • “Every job we get, we have to be the low bidder, right? Because it’s public money.” – Robert Cramer on the bidding nature of the construction industry.