ABOUT GBA MISSION CRITICAL
1. Give us your organization’s quick origin story!
George Butler began his career with a landscape architectural firm, Hare & Hare, in 1961. In 1969, during a reorganization of the firm, George separated the engineering group from the rest of the company. As a result, George E. Butler & Associates, Inc. consulting engineers opened its doors on June 23, 1969. As George Butler continued to expand his new firm by diversifying services, he looked to his longtime friend George Saller. Saller joined the firm in 1970 to develop the firm’s mechanical and electrical capabilities and launched what would be a 25-year partnership between Butler and Saller at GBA. Throughout the 1980s, the firm experienced a substantial period of growth. Staff had doubled in size and billings quadrupled. This exponential growth helped solidify GBA as the fourth-largest firm in Kansas City in 1985 and again in 1986. The firm continued to expand, providing many of the services GBA still offers today.
2. What problem are you currently solving in the KC tech industry?
GBA Mission Critical is working to grow our Architectural, Engineering, and General Contracting services for data centers in the Kansas City market while continuing to provide turnkey solutions for our existing clients. We are on the lookout for talented individuals to match our growth in the sector and are excited to support the KC tech industry through participation in KC Tech Council and other industry professional groups.
3. What can we expect to see from your company/organization in the next year?
GBA Mission Critical is forecasting continued growth in the data center construction and renovation market, leading to hiring and increased visibility.
4. How can KCTC members get more involved?
This is our first year! We are excited to become members and involve as many teammates as possible!
ABOUT GRAHAM JONES
1. If your office was The Office, what character would you be?
Definitely Jim Halpert. Respectful, yet creative and sarcastic.
2. What’s an app you can’t live without?
3. What’s your favorite hidden gem in Kansas City?
Anything at Conroy's Public House is worth ordering.
4. What technology tip are you always giving your clients?
My clients are top of the food chain in the tech industry, so I generally stay away from giving them tips. I've got some Bluebeam skills though.