DAN H. WILKS entered masonry almost four decades ago as a bricklayer's helper and worked up to union journeyman. Through tutoring, self study and practical application on the job, Dan added estimating and managerial skills.
Dan began contracting residential and small commercial jobs in 1977. After a year he joined Kerry Nelms to form Central Masonry, Inc. Four years later Dan bought Nelms' share of CMI.
Central Masonry, Inc., established an elite reputation for quality and performance, growing rapidly to gross $2.5 million the third year. From 1978 to 1989 the company completed projects of some $35 million. Projects averaged $400-500,000 and went as high as $1.5 million.
Due to the construction downturn of the 80s, Dan stopped contracting in 1989. But with the economy rebounding, he reentered the field in late 1992 as Dan H. Wilks Masonry.
Those renewed contacts with general contractors, suppliers and skilled workmen proved valuable when Dan accepted a position as Vice President and estimator at WILKS MASONRY, INC., in early 1995. Dan co-founded this company with his brother, Farris Wilks, who for twelve years had been Central Masonry's ace foreman and Field Superintendent.
At WILKS MASONRY, INC., Dan estimated, bid, and contracted new projects; negotiated with suppliers and general contractors; oversaw day-to-day financial and office operations such as purchasing, billing, accounts payable, and correspondence. He brought a store of construction and managerial experience to the job. His warm good humor enabled him to coordinate smoothly with company contacts. He was adept at filling key positions with talented people, then inspiring their best efforts.
Asked to describe Dan, "Incredible" is the first word from a close associate. "He has an amazing memory and grasp of detail. But he sees the overview, too."
The diverse but complementary strengths and abilities of these two men, given their mutual dedication, loyalty, integrity and trust, formed a strong, proven, almost seamless bond rarely found in today's business world.
Dan's commitment to dependability and excellence and his experience served him well in his position as Vice President of WILKS MASONRY, INC.
Now a third generation of Wilks masons carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of this dynamic and growing company. Since November, 2005, Dan takes time from his many other interests to actively share his expertise as a member of the WILKS MASONRY, INC., board of directors.