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Growing gains

image The Texas Stone Designs team (L-R): Jason Romberg (sales manager); Dan Grant (president); Micah Grant (CEO); Jessica Strength (director of operations); Adriane Walsh (office manager)

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Micah Grant was in junior high when his dad, Dan Grant, started Texas Stone Designs “as a garage-style operation” 25 years ago. Since then, Micah and the stone veneer business have both grown up; Micah went on to earn a business degree at Texas A&M and a law degree at Texas Tech, while Texas Stone Designs grew to a 20-employee Arlington store.





    Micah joined the business 12 years ago after practicing law. With Dan’s recent retirement, Micah – now the company’s CEO – plans for more growth.
    “We’ve made a lot of changes,” Micah says. “Over the last three years, I’ve really made more of a push to revamp the business and start growing it more aggressively. We’ve basically turned over all of our key personnel. We also now have a director of operations that we didn’t have before. We’ve totally revamped the company’s leadership.”
    Micah also wants to grow the com-pany’s heart and is reaching out to immediate and broader communities. When an employee’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, funds were raised for her treatment, and after a distributor’s family member drowned, the company rallied to assist the family.
    “I would like to find other charitable causes that we can help with,” Micah says. “I want to grow the business and make it a place where people enjoy coming to work. We’re trying to make a company feel like a family instead of just someplace you come to work.”
    Although Micah says Dan “is mainly in an advisory role” now, he is happy to have his dad in his corner.
    “He’s my mentor as well as my dad,” Micah says. “I’ve learned a lot from him; he’s given me a good understanding of business to try to grow with.”
    Texas Stone Designs is a stone veneer product manufacturer in Arlington. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net