Foreman, Superintendent win annual awards

Carl A. Nelson & Company, a 106-year-old, employee-owned general contractor, construction manager and design-builder in Burlington, Iowa, presented its 2019 field leadership and salaried employee of the year awards Saturday during the company's annual Christmas party.

Both awards are based on nominations from co-workers, and were presented by CANCO President Tim Seibert, P.E.

Receiving the Bob Harris Field Leadership Award was Raleigh Annis, who was promoted in 2019 to the position of field foreman. Joining Seibert to present the award were Superintendent Randy Harris and Project Manager Ryan Harris, the sons of Superintendent Bob Harris, who worked at CANCO for 39 years and was son-in-law of Clarence Alter, a member of founder Carl A. Nelson's original team.

The 26th annual award, newly named for Bob Harris in 2019, is presented in recognition of leadership in the field by an hourly employee.Annis was described by those who nominated him as "very reliable and dependable," "very proactive when it comes to self-development," and as someone who "always treated the customer with respect."

"He probably doesn't even know what the company mission statement says and still lives it every day," one nomination said.

The Salaried Employee of the Year Award, presented for the seventh time in 2019, goes to an office or supervisory employee who shows outstanding leadership while also demonstrating dedication to Carl A. Nelson & Company's mission statement, which includes promises of Fairness and Honesty and Service Second to None.

Receiving the award was Superintendent Randy Harris. Harris, who is a shareholder in Carl A. Nelson & Company, observed his 40th anniversary with CANCO in 2019.

Nominations of Harris for the award noted his diligence in problem-solving, leadership by example, refusal to sacrifice quality to save on cost, trustworthiness and dependability, and openness to new ideas and input from members of his crew.

"His leadership is best shown by how prepared he is for work every day," one nomination stated.

Harris and Annis each are presently working on a construction project for a confidential client in Cedar Rapids.