Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 49

FAMILIAL FOUNDATION Started by Charles Schulz in 1937, the family business continues today under the leadership of (from left) William, Annie, Nick and Rick Schulz Building Strength at 75 One generation after another, Charles Schulz Building Co. aims to deliver quality work By Lou Kren | Photos courtesy of Charles Schulz Building Co. F ive years ago, Properties chronicled Charles Schulz Building Co., with a profile article citing a sobering government statistic: less than one in five family businesses survive a third generation. The company bucked that trend, with brothers Rick and Bill Schulz propelling the business, formed by their grandfather, forward (see “From Bricklayer to Building Company,” pg. 52). This year, Charles Schulz Building, with a fourth generation in the fold, celebrates its 75th anniversary at the Parma Brookpark Road location it has called home since the 1950s. The business, with about $12 mil-lion in work annually, runs lean, providing construction-management and general-contracting services and leveraging its experience and dedica-tion to Northeast Ohio development. Rick Schulz, president, oversees work in the field, coordinating all trades on the job and ensuring that work is performed to specifications and qual-ity standards. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and real estate. His brother Bill, vice presi-dent, manages the bidding, planning and administrative functions, working closely with subcontractors and archi-tects. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University. How did this multi-generational busi-ness succeed going on three-quarters of a century? Hands-on experience and a willingness to work. “My grandfather had said, ‘You can’t tell anyone how to do it unless you’ve done it with your own two hands,’” recalls Rick. “When I came into the business with Bill, the company had its own masonry crews, and in high school and college I dug footers and became a bricklayer. With our experience the company continued to evolve into a general contractor and construction manager, and we brought a lot of hands-on experience into project management. That hands-on experience has served us well. None of the Schulz family has been afraid to work.” New generation, healthcare focus Today, Charles Schulz Building Co. welcomes its fourth generation, with Bill’s son Nick and daughter Annie joining the team. Nick has cut his teeth in the field, spearheading the company’s growing healthcare-construction seg-ment – which provides a 70-30 mix of 49

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