The right trajectory

At Pepper, we care about results - from how we rank among our peers, to shortened schedules and cost savings, to quality metrics that outperform industry average. We even celebrate our people who start their careers with us and stay until retirement. This month, we commemorate another significant number: 90 years in business.

Since we were established in 1927, we’ve seen the industry go from primarily lump sum bid to embracing more collaborative delivery methods. We’ve become more scientific in our approach to materials and methods, and we’ve grown as a company along with the level of sophistication in the industry - with each generation and each new technology.

How we’ve performed over the years tells our clients what outcomes they can expect. But that’s not what makes us a great partner.

Though our work has changed, we’ve remained true to our values. Since Pepper was founded, our drive to take the right approach – to see things from our client’s perspective – has placed us on the right path. It’s allowed us to participate in and create some amazing and memorable results.

As we open our archives to reflect on our history, we don’t just recount the milestone statistics and dates. Instead, our memories are founded in the relationships and stories behind the numbers. This year, we’ll be sharing some of our favorites.

Relationships are what drove Stanley F. Pepper to start our company 90 years ago and what grew our business under the direction of Richard and Roxy Pepper. And it’s still our motivation today. Though far from complete, our story would not be what it is without the contributions of everyone with whom we’ve worked. To our current and former teams, current and past clients, partners and community organizations, thank you. Here’s to 90 more years in the making!


Stan Pepper

As chairman and chief executive officer of The Pepper Companies, Stan leads the overall strategy and management of the company and its resources. Stan began his career in 1976 working for Pepper Construction, learning the general contracting business from the ground up for 27 years, and eventually serving as CEO. He then spent 12 years working in a variety of strategic leadership positions in the construction industry – from private equity and consulting to software development and sustainable products before returning to lead The Pepper Companies. A leading voice in the industry for innovation, Stan has served as Director of The Peoples Bank of Arlington Heights since 1999 and as an Advisory Board Member for Aldridge Electric since 2008. 

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