For the most part, our growth has been organic—empowering strong, driven up-and-comers and proven leaders to repeat our success in a new location. However, our 2016 entry into the Houston market was a little different; it was our first acquisition, bringing Trademark Construction into the HITT family. We could not have found a more compatible partner than their team.
Acquisitions have a reputation for being marred by red tape and hard feelings. Even if those obstacles are avoided, integrating two separate company cultures can be contentious. However, our experience couldn’t have been further from that.
“Trademark employees looked to the owners for reassurance after we shared news of the acquisition,” said Vice President Chris Hines, a founding partner of Trademark. “Once Steve [Richbourg] and Paul [Zimmerman] rolled out the integration plan demonstrating a thoughtful migration and increased resources and technology, those anxieties turned to excitement.”
That first year was focused on assessment, planning, communication, and implementation. Senior leaders from both companies worked together to reinforce our strengths while enhancing our abilities in the market. Two years later, we’re a cohesive team, making major strides toward better serving our clients not just in Houston, but throughout the entire state of Texas.