Last year, Allegiance Crane put more than $1 million back into its Florida and Texas communities. CEO Jim Robertson would like it to be $50 million someday.

“We are a ‘people first’ company,” he says. “Community service isn’t done for political or marketing purposes; it’s a founding principle of this company. We don’t waver from it.”

To that end, all of Allegiance Crane’s purpose partners (the company’s term for its more than 300 employees) must agree to community as a core objective before coming on board. The firm’s other operating principles are safety, performance and integrity.

Purpose partners are active in monthly committee meetings to decide which charitable groups to support and how to organize volunteer opportunities. They tend to focus on issues that affect children, single mothers and the homeless.

Eight years ago, Allegiance Crane started a program with Boys & Girls Club that is now nationally recognized. Involvement ranges from Robertson taking a group to clean the Pompano Beach, Fla., club before the start of a new school year, to attending the annual “Ranch Roam” fundraiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.

The company also has a dinner auction that supports the General’s Club, which provides programs and education to promote the construction industry to Boys & Girls Club members. In May, in conjunction with Hope South Florida, more than 200 club members got to learn about dozens of industry jobs during the Generals Construction Career Day. Trades represented at the event included air conditioning, cabinetry, crane operation, steel erection, flooring, paving, plumbing and roofing.

“I’m very passionate about Boys & Girls Club,” Robertson says. “We even have several ‘kids’ now working in the construction industry.”

Other organizations Allegiance Crane has supported over the years include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Children’s Leukemia Society; Sheridan House, which serves single mothers in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; and 4Kids, which is a safe haven for children waiting to be placed in foster care.

The San Antonio and Carrizo Springs, Texas, offices also have spearheaded food drives and walk-a-thons, and contribute to local fundraisers and auctions benefitting law enforcement officers and soldiers.


Joanna Masterson is senior editor of Construction Executive. For more information, email masterson@abc.org, visit constructionexec.com or follow @ConstructionMag.