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If it ain’t broke…

image L-R: Gary Cram and Mark Eichelbaum

SAN ANTONIO - Like many young people right out of college, students venture into careers that pave the way to their future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Gary Cram came to San Antonio to work for a roofing contractor after receiving his business degree. That relationship would not last for long. After a year and a half of employment, Cram left and set out on his own. With a seven-colored dump truck, one helper and his business degree, Cram Roofing was established on Nov. 15, 1986.
    “1986 was not a great time, but I did have a business degree. I had a background in marketing and right away I began doing a lot of marketing and it just kind of took off.
    “We made a lot of good friends and had a lot of help from a lot of good people. Over time we grew from a medium to large contractor,” recalls Cram. “We have a lot of the same customers we had in the beginning. They’ve grown and we’ve grown with them. We do a lot of our work as a re-roofing prime contractor and we do repair work. Some of our work is service and, of course, we do new work. We’re very proud to work for the school district that we’re in, the Texas prison system, several different branches of the U.S. government, The Dept. of Defense – all that from one truck and one worker.”
    Now, after 32 years in business, Cram has handed over the reins. Effective Aug. 1, Mark Eichelbaum officially took the reins as president.
    Eichelbaum, whom is a Certified Public Accountant had spent almost eight years in public accounting before making a career move that brought him to Cram Roofing.
    “I met Gary through one of the partners at the firm I was working with who had met Gary on a fishing trip. The opportunity came to me when Gary was looking for a new controller. I went through the entire interview process but knew at the beginning this was the place for me.”
    Coming from public accounting, Eichelbaum had some knowledge of the construction industry, at least from a business perspective, through the clientele he worked with. He quickly learned the roofing industry from sitting in meetings, working side by side with Cram and through some hands-on experience. As with any new employee, Eichelbaum spent a few months in the field learning the trade. He learned estimating, which came easy to him because of his love for numbers. By 2007, he was on track to be groomed to take over the reins.
    Eichelbaum is not planning on changing much he says. “Gary has run a very successful company for 30-plus years and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s my motto.
    “I’ve been by Gary’s side for the past 16 years so I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him. We might tweak a few things here and there, but not a lot is going to change. We’re going to continue doing what we have been doing very well, working with quality-oriented customers, exceeding their expectations and keeping a good healthy family atmosphere.”
    “We are very family oriented, not just with our own families, but we are a family internally and that’s one of the reasons we are successful. We are a team. Everyone pitches in when work needs to be done. When needed, our estimators are out in the field helping to fill gaps because of the heat. Everyone pitches in when they need to pitch in. It’s part of the quality that we have here and we love each other like family.
    “We’ll continue to give back to the community that we service. We’re all in
this together,” adds Christy Rhone, director
of business development and marketing.
    Cram Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor in San Antonio. –cmw


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