How Tom Keckeis ensures Messer Construction is a good Cincinnati neighbor Featured

4:47pm EDT January 3, 2013
How Tom Keckeis ensures Messer Construction is a good Cincinnati neighbor

Pillar Award Finalist

Tom Keckeis

president and CEO

Messer Construction Co.

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Messer Construction Co. CEO Tom Keckeis believes in leading by example.

Keckeis has always recognized that giving back to the community is important and that it is essential to take part in the community where one lives and works.

Throughout his career, Keckeis has been involved in a number of nonprofit organizations. He is a current board member and past chair of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA and serves on the board for Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, where he leads the Corporate Giving Committee.

While Keckeis enjoys all aspects of community service, he says his real strength is in construction, and this is where he can make the most impact.

For nine years, Keckeis was involved with People Working Cooperatively, an organization that helps the elderly stay in their homes by assisting them with necessary repairs. He used his knowledge and experience in renovations to make a substantial impact and even recruited his children to help.

Through his example, Keckeis has led Messer to be a good neighbor, and the company’s employees have supported their communities with time, energy and financial resources.

In the past 21 years, Messer, on behalf of its employee-owners, has invested more than $12 million to make its communities better places to live, work and raise families.

In 2011, Messer and its more than 800 employees invested more than $1.5 million in community organizations across the nine regions in which it builds. Included in that investment are three $25,000 grants awarded by the Messer Foundation to employee-recommended community organizations.