Values & Principles
Only by engaging the hearts and minds of 100% of our people 100% of the time can we fully achieve our goals. The constraints of inadequate leadership, unclear mission, ineffective communication, misaligned interests and lack of mutual respect are the moral and commercial hazards to our success.
Our objective is to work together with our management partners and associates to build great businesses that consistently outperform their peers; we call these Performance Organizations. Our goal is that each of our constituencies – associates, customers, investors and the communities in which we operate – are respected and enriched through their engagement with us.
Chris Steber is a twenty-two-year veteran of Erickson Framing, a division of Erickson Construction. Chris has truly grown up at Erickson, having started in 1994 as a carpenter. After a few short years, Chris was promoted to foreman, a position he held until 2009. That is when Chris was asked to make the move into the estimating side of Erickson’s business. While his contributions to Erickson are many, a recent local story — which Chris himself did not share but we learned of via Erickson’s CEO Rich Gallagher — underscores how fortunate we are to have him as a member of the Atlas family.
The story begins with a small leak in the home of a gentleman named James. A 74-year-old Tempe, Arizona man, James lives with COPD and is in hospice care. He called a plumber to his home who found asbestos and mold in his kitchen. James then unwittingly signed a contract for work that his insurance company ultimately would not cover, leaving his small kitchen in shambles.
Chris' parents, Connie and Paul Steber, met James while volunteering for his hospice provider. When Connie heard James’ story, she immediately called Chris at Erickson. Chris and a friend volunteered their time to finish James’ kitchen – and Erickson donated everything else. "We insulated, [put up] drywall, and then we installed the cabinets, sink, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and this happened over the weekend," said Chris recently. "I got goosebumps," said James. "When they stepped up and did what they did, they saved my life. Honestly, that’s the way I feel."