Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 10

JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY pushing and some name-calling. Holger got in the middle of us and we separated. I went to my office. Jeff went to his office and Holger went to his. Two hours later, I hear this knock. It’s him (Jeff) at my door. ‘You want to go to lunch?’ I said, ‘Yeah, let’s go.’ That was the end of it. We have a saying, ‘You can’t be best friends until you’ve been in a fight.’” The three of them agree, the secret to the success of Imperial’s longevity rests in the fact that each shows consideration for their partn ers and the fact that they all have their designated areas, according to their talents and expertise and the others respect their boundaries.  Jeff Jones is the president of the company and he keeps the entire operation “on track” with all cylinders firing, Jon Jones is in charge of the marketing end of the business, he’s over business development. “Jon keeps business coming into the company,” Jeff Jones said.  And Holger Kelley?  “Once the job comes to the company, Holger oversees the actual construction projects,” Jeff Jones said.  “We’re a great team,” Kelley said. “We’re like brothers.”  The three of them are fond of saying, “We surround ourselves with people who are smarter than we are.” “What that means is that we find people who are smart in areas that aren’t necessarily part of our expertise,” Kelley said. Imperial celebrated its 16th anniversary in February of this year. “I don’t think anyone realized we were even here in Parker County for the longest time. Then we built that building on the hill on I-20.” Imperial now has about 65 employees. “When we hire people the first thing we look for is that glimmer of integrity,” Kelley said. “You can teach people the construction business, but you can’t teach them integrity. Either you have it or you don’t.” Now, that Imperial Construction has its own “dream team” assembled and the company has celebrated its 15th anniversary, Jeff Jones decided that it was time to bring the fun level of the company up a notch or two. Enter “The Car.” It had been his dream since he and his father parted ways more than two decades ago to return to auto racing. But for the first 15 years, Imperial Construction took so 8 Jon Jones, Jeff Jones and their mother much of his time and energy that auto racing was on the back burner. Last fall, Jeff Jones decided that his auto-racing dream had been on hold long enough.  Jeff Jones was not content to keep it all to himself; he asked others in the company to be on his team. Jeff Jones drives the car, Jon Jones is on the team as is Jeff’s 17-year-old son. “He helps with the mechanics and he lines him up at the line and guides him,” Kelley said.  At first Kelley said, “That’s nice but I don’t have time. … But I wanted to go to the first race, which was in Houston, but it didn’t work out.” Kelley was determined to make time to go to the National race in Topeka, Kansas. “Of course I went to Topeka and he won,” Kelley said. “When we get down to the finals and Jeff wins, we’ve all won. It’s an experience like no other.”