For the past 35 years, Pat has been in the privileged position of observing the commercial construction industry in Texas in all of its dimensions: Its growth, its challenges and its changes. By his experiences and life- stage, he has become a passionate industry historian. Especially about the exceptional people and their companies that build such amazing projects.
Pat served as the chief staff executive of the Houston Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America for over 21 years. And, for the past 14 years as a strategy and leadership consultant in his own firm, Kiley Advisors, which was acquired by industry leader, FMI, in 2017. He remains a Managing Director at FMI.
He has been recognized for his work for the contractors and the industry by the Houston AGC with their two highest honors, The Master Builder Award and Honorary Life Membership. The members also created a scholarship fund in his honor, The Patrick J Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship. The Construction Science Department at Texas A & M has also inducted him into their Contractor Hall of Fame. Pat has written extensively throughout his career, and currently writes a monthly article for FMI’s Houston Newsletter and a regular blog, “History and Heroes”, for ConstructionCitizen.com In his roles, he has written many tributes and obituaries about the men and women of the industry. He has also completed three histories of construction companies. One of his newsletter columns, “Reverence to the Crafts”, was reproduced by ENR Magazine.
He is a frequent speaker at industry and company meetings. His topic; market trends, leadership traits, industry issues and , increasingly, the industry’s history and heroes.
Pat has a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, and in 2017 completed an intense two- week workshop on “ Writing non-fiction” at Cambridge University, Cambridge.
"My passion and purpose in this wonderful senior season is to tell the stories of these humble, authentic, rugged, risk- takers, who built multiple- generation companies with cultures formed by rigidly-lived principles of competency, honesty, integrity, and fairness. As a result, these founders and leaders have created an industry in Texas where character counts; being a ‘person of good character’ is essential for success. Their achievements need to be documented and shared, so the future generations live that same legacy."
Shana is responsible for all administration and marketing, as well as transcription, initial editing and research. As an upstate New York native turned enthusiastic Houstonian, she embodies the spirit of the company with her drive and attention to detail. Shana’s advocation is rescuing dogs and volunteering regularly at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Madeline is responsible for research, selective interviewing and editing. She holds a B of A in Journalism and Creative Writing from St. Mary’s University, Indiana, and is a published poet and aspiring author. Embodying the heart of the company, Madeline’s dedication is to the well-being of future generations as a licensed Child Advocate, as well as a passion for expressive liberty via her competitive background in and continued pursuit of performing arts.