Golden Rule Guides Company’s Performance
Glenn Granger ‘83 (left) and his father, Alton Granger, are co-CEOs of the family construction business.
Growing up with his family’s business, Glenn Granger '83 didn’t plan to be a part of the construction game and didn’t really know his career path. A bit of dabbling directed him to his heart’s true place.
Granger finished his first year at Michigan Technological University but wanted something more. He transferred to Alma College as a sophomore and loved the flexibility of classes, football and choir. He graduated from Alma in 1983.
As an advocate of a liberal arts education, he says, “It’s great for a person who is not wholeheartedly set on a certain career path. It gives them a chance to dabble.”
He pursued an engineering degree and worked in the aerospace industry for a few years in Boston, but eventually Granger made his way back to Michigan to raise a family. His exploration of schooling and career paths ended when he joined his family’s construction business in 1990.
Now as president of Granger Construction in Lansing and co-CEO with his father, Granger enjoys his leadership roles. He helps set the direction of the organization and points out where change is needed.
“It’s about problem solving and satisfying needs,” Granger says.
Granger believes the company embodies many of the same values as Alma College.
“We’re focused on delivering what we promise, in a manner that is concerned for everyone’s particular needs and requirements,” he says. “The Golden Rule is the benchmark by which we measure our performance in the industry. The company has a culture that embraces a strong Midwestern work ethic.”
He is proud to be the third generation to work for the business. “It has brought many benefits to the family,” he says.
– Renee Pietila '08