Behind the Build: Ed Holmquist
From sales staff and tradesmen to behind-the-scenes troubleshooters, dozens of personnel bring a Gallagher and Henry home to life. In “Behind the Build,” the Gallagher and Henry blog celebrates spirited members of our team.
In this installment of “Behind the Build,” we introduce superintendent Ed Holmquist. An avid fisherman and father of four who enjoys music and a hearty Italian beef sandwich, Ed first joined Gallagher and Henry in 1983 as a laborer. He has been a Gallagher and Henry superintendent since 1999.
What does your role as superintendent entail?
After the framers stick build the houses, I am in charge of scheduling all the vendors to complete the home, which includes everything inside and out – from the exterior brickwork and cement for the driveways and sidewalks to the mechanicals, electrical, cabinets, flooring, and everything else that brings us to closing day. I am available to homebuyers throughout the construction process as well to answer any questions they might have. For so many, this is an entirely new experience and my job is to help guide them through this process and keep everything on schedule to ensure it’s as seamless as it can possibly be. Upon closing, then, I’m with our homeowners through the one-year warranty period to service any needs that might arise.
What’s the most rewarding part of this job?
We spend 4-6 months hammering out each day and keep moving forward to put together a home we are proud to have the Gallagher and Henry name on. When people are smiling at the final walkthrough and happy at closing, that’s rewarding. After all, that’s what we’re here to do. Beyond that, I have worked with some really fantastic people over the years at Gallagher and Henry. When you work with others you can trust and rely on, that makes for a wonderful professional life.
What is one of the more unique projects you’ve worked on over your 20-year run as a Gallagher and Henry superintendent?
It’s not every day – or even once a decade – you get asked to put an elevator in a home, so that was one request that really stands out. It was fun to tackle a project so far beyond what we’re accustomed to doing.
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen over the last two decades?
When I came back to Gallagher and Henry in 1999, fax machines and pagers were the big thing. Then, we moved onto email and, now, smartphones and texting. The technology has changed rapidly, while regulations in the same time frame have grown exponentially. You just take it one day at a time, digest things as they come, and educate yourself as best as possible so you’re always the best professional you can be.
When you began working for Gallagher and Henry in 1983, company co-founder Bob Gallagher remained an active presence. What has it been like to see the transition of this family-owned business from Bob Gallagher’s leadership to a second generation of Gallaghers?
Bob Gallagher was as devoted a business leader as I’ve ever seen. He was absolutely committed, intense even, to building sturdy, durable homes. Bob’s sons embrace those same principles and work ethic. You can see they honor what he was all about as an individual and what he wanted Gallagher and Henry to stand for as a company. That might seem cheesy, but it’s really the case.