We would like to recognize our president and CEO, Jack Fite for receiving the Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Associated Builders and Contractors of North Alabama Excellence in Construction Awards. This is a prestigious award and we are so proud of him!
Each year the “Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award” is presented to an individual from our community for his or her lifetime contributions to the North Alabama construction industry. The recipient of this prestigious award has enhanced the image of construction, demonstrated the value of the free-enterprise system, and has proven to peers that integrity and business ethics are the true measures of success. There is no greater honor than to be chosen by one’s peers and recognized for a career of distinguished accomplishments and dedication to excellence in construction. Nominations are open to all ABC member companies, but the winner is selected by a panel of past Eagle Winners and past ABC North Alabama Board Chairmen.
The team at Fite Building Company nominated Jack, saying that the company’s success and reputation in the construction community can be attributed to his leadership style of integrity and transparency. Since purchasing 50% ownership in the company 1994 and 100% in 2007, Jack has led the company to substantial growth. Since 1994, Fite Building Company has expanded from a small design-build contractor to a diversified general contracting and construction management firm licensed in five states, building medical, institutional, multi-family, religious, financial, retail and industrial projects, as well as maintenance for large industrial clients. Here are just a few excerpts from Jack’s nomination:
“Jack’s vision and determination have led Fite Building Company through remarkable growth over the last two decades. His tireless pursuit of excellence…in all we do is not just the premise of Fite’s Purpose Statement, it is his standard mode of operation day in and day out. Jack is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement… He challenges those around him to truly strive for excellence not just on the job, but in every aspect of their lives. … I personally do not know anyone more deserving of this extraordinary honor than Jack Fite. What you see is what you get. He is about as genuine as they come.”
– Mike Brown, VP
“Jack is always accessible and actively encourages all employees to talk openly and freely with him, to challenge him if he is not upholding the company’s core values… When he sets expectations and accountability, all employees believe in him and are motivated to do what he is tasking them to do… In addition, Jack demonstrates responsibility to all employees and the community with a huge emphasis on service excellence… He never puts blame anywhere; rather, he lets every client know that if there is an issue with our services, we will do whatever is necessary to make it right.”
– John Grasty, Senior Project Manager
“Building a successful company in such a competitive area had to be done correctly… Investment at this level does not come without serious time commitments, as well as understanding and support from family. Jack has been able to balance business and personal time requirements by largely combining the two – a Fite client is probably a friend also. Repeat business clients coupled with a family of loyal employees has been a winning recipe. It has been a joy for me to see a 1976 idea mature under Jack’s leadership to Fite Building Company 2023.”
– Bob Fite, Past President