Growing up, Karl and his family moved around every couple of years since his father was an electrical engineer for Bechtel, designing and constructing power plants. This led Karl to many places across the United States and even abroad to Spain for a few years. Even though he moved around frequently when he was younger, there were always three constants: family, sports, and construction.
Karl competed in football, basketball, and track throughout high school and college and led his teams as the Captain. He was drawn to the team dynamic that sports demanded, which taught him the value of teamwork and leading by example. Today, Karl makes athletics a part of his daily ritual and has devoted over 10 years to coaching his children in basketball, along with their friends and teammates.
Karl has found that it doesn’t matter whether its sports or work, being a great leader means motivating, mentoring, and supporting his team members. He understands that great leadership involves bringing out the unique qualities and abilities that each person brings to the company. Karl is a catalyst at Driver SPG inspiring our team to think big, work hard, and work together. He enjoys meeting challenges head on, overcoming adversity, and succeeding as a team. As a husband, father of three, and the President of the C.W. Driver Companies, three constants still remain in Karl’s life: family, sports, and construction.
B.S. Construction Management
California State University, Long Beach
Senior Vice President
Matthew Loorya began his construction career at 16 years old, working on jobsites all summer long – something he attributes to further motivating him to go to college and start a career. After receiving his degree in environmental studies, he earned his LEED Accreditation and contractor’s license, solidifying his place in the construction industry. Matt says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Matt defines success as the ability to create a team. Not just a group of people who work together or a contractor working for an owner, but a true team that works collaboratively with shared values and goals. Matt advocates a team environment in all business relationships, especially between SPG and project owners. He explains that throughout his career, he has found that issues can always be traced back to lack of communication and collaboration. That’s why Matt is one of the biggest driving forces behind SPG’s strong company culture and commitment to creating an open and collaborative environment.
B.A. Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Aimee’s diverse background began at an early age when she started working at the National Audobon Society Ecosystem Research Unit in South Florida at the age of 12. She worked there until starting college at Florida State University where she studied design. From there her career led her to many different facets of the development industry including residential architecture and design, commercial architecture and design, construction management, and even led to owning and operating her own hospitality design firm.
This comprehensive experience has given her technical skills, strategic capabilities, and a wealth of design and construction knowledge, but most importantly, it has taught her perseverance and the power of education and continual self-improvement.
Aimee’s strong work ethic, tenacious curiosity and patience comes from growing up with her two favorite educators: her parents. Her parents have dedicated their lives to the development of others, which has taught Aimee about the importance of mentorship and how to appreciate and cultivate the unique strengths of others.
Aimee sees her role at Driver SPG as a facilitator; one who truly listens to concerns, difficulties, or impediments and helps remove roadblocks to allow people and projects to achieve a successful path forward.
Florida State University
Kelly Eliason spent his high school and college summers helping his father and brothers with the family’s roofing business. This background taught Kelly the meaning of hard work and the value of client service. Looking back at his time in college, Kelly laughingly admits that estimating was one of his least favorite subjects. After graduating, he soon realized that classroom estimating was nothing like real-world estimating and he’s been hooked for more than 26 years. Kelly is drawn to the variety of projects and the challenges involved in estimating, particularly with budgeting and preconstruction.
Kelly has learned a lot in his years in estimating and never misses an opportunity to share that knowledge with others. He views everything as a learning opportunity and seeks to challenge those he works with. Many have heard his mantra that “you’re only as good as your last job”. He explains that this means one can never become complacent and should always do his or her best.
B.S. Construction Management
Brigham Young University