We are happy to announce the addition of Stefan Figley as Chief Executive Officer, a role he officially assumed on December 7th, 2020. Robert D. Benda, who has served as CEO since 2005, will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board. In addition to Mr. Benda, Westwood’s Advisory Board of Directors includes Michael Bennett, Principal, Bennett Benner Architects, William Latham, Esq. Acme Brick Co., Chris Leathers, P.E. Freese & Nichols, Inc., Heidi Leathers, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and Nathan Robinett, Frost Bancshares, Inc. (Ret.).
As part of our succession plan, a nationwide search was conducted and Mr. Figley was selected for the role of CEO. As Mr. Benda stated, “On behalf of the entire board we are delighted to welcome Stefan to the Westwood team, and we believe he possesses the combination of skills and experience necessary to build on Westwood’s 37-year track record of success. Stefan’s depth of marketing experience including domestic and international roles and successful track record of leading large organizations operating on a national scale will bring added resources to the talented Westwood team and ensure a bright future for the company.”
Mr. Figley, a Certified Franchise Executive, has more than 24 years of experience employing his strategic vision focusing on the key metrics driving EBITDA performance and multimillion-dollar revenue growth. He has worked extensively in developing and leading large and small teams both in the U.S. and abroad for national and international brands including Steamatic where he most recently served as President until its sale to an international public company, Jani-King, ServiceMaster, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. Having also served in roles of Chief Operating Officer, Strategy Consultant, Chief Marketing Officer, and other capacities, Mr. Figley’s highly collaborative approach and leadership style results in well-aligned teams within an organization to maximize competitive advantages and exceptional customer value propositions. In addition, he brings a tremendous network of clients, prospects, subcontractors, and other resources further expanding the company’s potential for growth.
Mr. Figley attended the University of Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Texas Christian University all while earning a multitude of honors on the tennis court including 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-American, and competed as a tour professional. Having developed a competitive spirit at a young age, he has a keen ability to handle high-pressure situations by remaining focused on the challenge and thinking creatively to achieve success – invaluable lessons which he has carried throughout his career. “One of the most important skills is the ability to adapt. You can’t always predict what’s going to happen. You never know fully what to expect from the other side. It’s about sharpening your skills and always being prepared to the greatest extent possible. The trials and tribulations of having to adapt to a situation is one of the things you must do to be successful. The other thing is winning. We all want wins. I want to be sure my team wins!”, said Stefan Figley.
Robert Benda and the Advisory Board have the utmost confidence in Stefan Figley’s leadership abilities. “When I came to Westwood after a number of years running public companies it was my hope to prove that it is possible to run a financially successful business while treating all team members with individual respect and consideration, not just as a payroll cost number as is unfortunately the case in many public companies today. It is my great hope that most who I had the privilege of working with would say we achieved that goal. We believe Stefan shares these values and will continue this great tradition and culture at Westwood,” said Robert Benda.
About Westwood Contractors, Inc.
Westwood Contractors is a general contractor with 37 years of experience providing general contracting services for retail, healthcare, hospitality, high-end office spaces, and distribution/warehouse facilities nationwide. Throughout our history, we have established a strong record of success, including extensive experience in pre-construction/estimating services as well as shell and interior construction, chain-wide feature rollout programs, and refresh/rebranding programs. By staying attuned to industry trends, leveraging the latest technology and collaborating with its partners, our team of experienced and highly trained professionals pursues our vision of being the most trusted national provider of quality construction services through a passionate commitment to our values. Westwood Contractors is based in Fort Worth, TX and has additional offices in Phoenix, AZ and Charleston, SC.