It started with Aristotle. Really.
The simple words that became our inspiration were once spoken by Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
It’s remarkable how this basic philosophy transcends nations, generations and even professions. It inspired us to open our doors. Now, client by client, we’ve developed our habit. Excellence is our only outcome.
And we still believe in those words. Every house. Every day.
Our founders, Bryce Gahagan and Mark Eddy, met while working at Pulte Homes, a Fortune 500 builder noted for being one of the top residential builders in the world. Pulte’s niche is value-producing homes for the masses (over half-million and counting). Unfortunately, the homes often lack individuality and do not cater to specific client needs.
If Aristotle were to summarize the process, he probably would have said, “A builder to all is a builder to none.”
The duo felt that there had to be a better way. Mark had previous experience with a residential remodeling business he founded, Habitat for Humanity and a framing business. Bryce had previous experience with architectural planning and small business expansion. Both were college graduates from Kansas City and saw the potential to develop a local ultra-premium building company.
The synergy was perfect. Gahagan-Eddy was founded in March 2002, in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Together Bryce and Mark have achieved the honorable distinction of being a referral-based business, carving out a niche among those with exacting standards. Yes, there have been a few awards (here and there), and they are all appreciated, but that’s not the company’s focus. Our focus is always on the client.
Bryce Gahagan currently resides in Prairie Village, Kansas, with his wife and two children. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Bryce also appeared on The Apprentice (Season Five) with Donald Trump. He was famously ‘fired’ when Trump told him, “You’re fired. And I think you have great potential, too.” Bryce believes whatever you choose to do in life, do it, but do it better than anyone else.
Mark Eddy currently resides in Prairie Village, Kansas, with his wife and three children. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Mark has courageously taken on the cause of developing new homes in established neighborhoods and is one of those people who embraces ‘getting things done’ and driving results. Mark believes in doing it once and doing it right.
Excellence is our habit.