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The McCarty Company celebrating 25 years of business success

Over its history, The McCarty Company in Tupelo has had a lot to celebrate. However, this year is proving to be particularly momentous as the firm marks its 25th year in business.

At press time, The McCarty Company was preparing for an October 10 employee get-together, which is fitting, according to CEO Richard McCarty, who says the firm has an extremely low worker turnover rate.

“One of the keys to our success is we have very high employee retention,” he said. “My brother, Buddy, and I grew up in a family-run business, and we have tried to maintain that family-business client here.”


The McCarty Company is actually two companies in one, a successful strategy developed by the firm’s founder, Buddy McCarty. Buddy was already practicing with an architecture firm when he decided to go out on his own. Looking to offer more services to jumpstart his new venture, Buddy first formed a construction company, which opened in 1982. He spent the first formative months strengthening that business before adding the design side of the firm the following year. (Today, they operate as Construction Group Inc. and Design Group, P.A.)

In the meantime, Richard McCarty was taking a somewhat circuitous route to the firm. He and Buddy were close as children, and when Buddy went into architecture, Richard determined to follow.

However, Richard didn’t follow immediately. He made the decision to quit college and pursue another course, but then had a change of heart. In 1983, he earned his degree from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, he joined Buddy at The McCarty Company.

Approximately six years ago, Richard purchased the company from Buddy. Richard said Buddy’s leadership and influence is still being felt today.

“He deserves the credit. He laid a very solid foundation for this company,” Richard said.

Steady growth

Richard characterizes The McCarty Company’s growth as steady and consistent. Today, the firm employs 22 workers divided between Construction Group and Design Group. Historically, the firm’s work has been almost entirely in Mississippi, but it recently landed a long-term care client that has led it to projects around the nation.

The company has enjoyed a solid, longstanding client base, which Richard attributes to a large emphasis on customer service. Two other contributing factors are the aforementioned employee retention and veteran leadership team.

Richard said some members of The McCarty Company’s management team have been with the company for 18 to 24 years. He gave special note to the Design Group’s “design team leaders,” which include Richard’s wife, Karen McCarty, Thom Saunders, Mike Reese and Kurt Shettles.

Another key leader is Dan King, president of the Construction Group. And his role recently increased — he bought a portion of the Construction Group this year and is now a manager and co-owner.

In addition to architecture and construction services, The McCarty Company also offers interior design. Those services are offered singularly or collectively, and are always custom-fit to the client’s needs.

The firm is always open to creative challenges, but most of its work has been primarily focused on healthcare, institutional, commercial, industrial and educational projects.

A quick glance at only the firm’s healthcare work gives a good reference to The McCarty Company’s growth and current capabilities. Design Group alone has successfully delivered more than 1,000 healthcare projects, ranging from $2,500 renovations to $33-million expansions. Clients include North Mississippi Medical Center, Gilmore Memorial Hospital and the State of Mississippi, just to name a few.

More to come

The McCarty Company has already set its eyes toward tomorrow. Richard said a lot of the future success will be based on time-proven efforts and strategies.

“We owe a lot of our past success and hold hope for the future to our loyal client base that puts their confidence in us,” he said. “Our mission of client service is still on course. Service is what built this company, and service will be the key to future success.”

Richard added that the firm is focused on developing its mid-level, younger professionals into its leaders of tomorrow, and having the tools in place for them to succeed.

In addition to service to its clients, Richard said the firm also has a strong commitment to the community and the environment. He said the firm is continuing to explore Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, or LEED, and sees the company’s emphasis on “green” design and construction as a key building block to future goals and objectives.

Contact MBJ staff writer Wally Northway at wally.northway@msbusiness.com.


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