Ken. Kenny. Kenneth. Mr. Triplett. The Tall Red-Head. Whatever anyone called him, it was usually with a smile on their face.
In Ken’s over 40 years in the construction industry, he moved many people. He had a way of making people feel valued and appreciated for the work they did; always throwing in a quick compliment for a job well done. Ken had a great sense of humor and inspired others by being engaged, friendly, and interested in topic of conversation – whether it was related to business or “how’s the family”.
Ken once said, “It’s easier to get a positive response with a friendly request, than a stern demand.”
Ken was the one you wanted to have in the contested meeting. He always stayed calm in adverse situations and would say,“Now just tell me one more time so I know I understand.” Ken would listen; he would really hear you – even if he didn’t agree with you, he would listen.
Ken had an amazing ability to determine very accurate costs of work on the fly; a true estimator. He took his time making decisions –thinking things through and never jumping into anything too quickly.
For those of us with the opportunity to work side by side with Ken – we have been blessed. He made a tremendous impact on our lives, and will always be remembered. His legacy and the hundreds of buildings he has been a part of will stand as a legacy to Ken’s outstanding effort and persona.
“For those of you that did not know Ken – he was a very competitive athlete. He looked at construction in the same way, only to a higher level. I was very fortunate to be on the same team for over 30 years. I couldn’t have had a better business partner.” – Gene Wellman