Structural concrete specialty contractor Whitaker/Ellis has prospered by fostering strong relationships with employees, clients, and the community, but it pays special attention to active participation within the construction industry. Employees participate in the local ACI chapter as board members, guest speakers, and financial sponsors to local events. They have given technical presentations for ACI, and estimating classes for the American Society of Professional Estimators. As graduates of Oregon State University’s Construction Engineering program, partners Bill Ellis and Greg Whitaker speak to OSU students about concrete, starting your own company, working as a subcontractor versus a GC, and other topics. They employ an OSU student intern who works 20 hours a week.