Craig Hrkal


Hrkal, Craig 507981

Chief Executive Officer
HN Holdings LLC
Zimmerman, MN, USA
Industry: Manufacturing
Field: Cellular Concrete Production and Distribution

Growing up in the concrete business, Craig Alan Hrkal’s decision to join the ranks came as no surprise. Previously a salesman at his father’s flagship company, Lightweight Distributing Co., Inc., Mr. Hrkal helped establish Midwest Cellular Concrete in 1992, which is now doing business as Cellular Concrete, Inc. He worked within and acquired 49 percent ownership of both companies in 2001, and purchased the remaining holdings for both in January 2007. He also started another company called Highway Safety Zone, which distributes highway work zone safety equipment as well as permanent safety equipment for highway safety. With 25 years of experience, Mr. Hrkal currently serves as the chief executive officer of HN Holdings LLC, which owns and operates Cellular Concrete Inc, Lightweight Distributing Co., Inc., Hwy Safety Zone LLC and its newest acquisition, Concrete Chemicals Inc.Cellular.

Mr. Hrkal is skilled in the production and distribution of cellular concrete, lightweight aggregate applications, lightweight concrete and construction materials. Heading three companies simultaneously, he oversees credit monitoring services and production and concrete construction, manages finances, and builds relationships with customers. To keep himself updated in the field, he remains affiliated with the National Utility Contractors Association, the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Aggregate and Ready Mix Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Utility Contractors Association. He attributes his successful career to his hard work, industry knowledge and financial discipline, and looking ahead, Mr. Hrkal hopes to expand his reach nationwide and offer consulting services internationally. Continue reading

C.L. Wales

Architecture & Construction

Wales, CLAssistant Construction Project Manager
Stanford Construction, Inc.
Montgomery, TX, USA
Industry: Architecture/Construction
Field: Construction Project Management

C L Wales is the assistant development manager for Fort Hood Family Housing.  C L provides management services for design and revitalization of existing residential units for our military families, as well as project management for new community centers.  Ms. Wales is responsible for developing scopes of work and specifications in preparation of proposal request documents, contracts projects, manages change orders, develops and maintains project budgets, manages and coordinates with all contractors and other team members.

Ms. Wales always had an interest in the arts, she followed art show circuits selling many of her own paintings.  Oil paints were her medium of choice; however, she worked with acrylics, chalks, pen and ink, and charcoal.  She also sculpted using sandstone, wood, plaster, bronze (the lost wax method), along with various scrap metals, etc.

Another of her many interests is architectural history, and construction techniques used in historic buildings, along with the intricate detailing and fine finish trims, both inside and outside.

Ms. Wales’ career path has exposed her to amazing forms of architecture and construction.  She has designed and produced construction documents for metal buildings, industrial facilities, equestrian centers, office, schools, and church facilities, apartment complexes with management facilities, shopping centers, chain retail facilities, speculative new retail facilities and rebranding retail facilities.  In her career, Ms. Wales’ has inspected projects under construction, designed new buildings, has written specifications for construction documents, prepared proposal requests for new construction and renovations, and contracted and managed the revitalization of substandard housing. Ms Wales has had the fortune of being the project architect on multiple 10,000 + square foot homes in the North Park area in Dallas, Texas.  These multi million dollar homes were extremely detailed on the exterior as well as the interior, requiring detailing of copper dormer window frames through detailing of cornices and wall and ceiling moldings on the interior.  The designs evolved from the Biltmore Mansion, the Breakers and many of the turn of the century mansions.  The architecture extended through to the yards that became extravagant pool areas with cabanas, strolling and reflecting spaces.  Antique marble fireplace mantels, salvaged antique wood flooring, antique tile floors and walls, timber beams, and antique or handcrafted railings were incorporated into the homes.  Some of the homes were constructed of heavy timber framing.

Ms. Wales attributes her success to diligence; passion for her profession, her positive can do attitude, and a profound desire to gain further knowledge in architecture and all phases of construction, coming out of the ground all the way through the turn over of Certificates of Occupancy, either through her own past experiences or those of others.

Ms. Wales received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

In her spare time, she passionately collects fine antiques; furniture, crystal, ornate figurines, and jewelry.  She also enjoys studying; historic structures; buildings, bridges, mausoleums, fountains, architectural antiques and art.  On the home front she; volunteers with various organizations, cultivates house plants, reads, makes jewelry, and fills Christmas baskets for the often forgotten elderly. She also enjoys numerous publications, including The Antiques Magazine, Architectural Digest, Professional Builder, Texas Architect, Progressive Architecture and Forbes. Continue reading