Elaine Daigle Thomas, Chief Experience Officer

Elaine Daigle Thomas, Chief Experience Officer, currently is our most long term employee. With the formation in 1982 of K-W Construction, Inc. and the subsequent move from Houston to San Marcos shortly thereafter she came to work for us. With Jane Kelley’s duties increasing it was time for Jim Kelley to have additional support in the office. As the business grew so did the team effort formed between the Kelley’s and Mrs. Thomas.

Wife of thirty years and mother of two grown children, Elaine and her husband Calvin Thomas have built their retirement home in the hills of northwest Hays County, a short drive from San Marcos. During the past twenty-two years she has built her life and retirement around K-W Construction. Seeing the comings and goings of a commercial construction business that went from $250,000 volume in the mid-eighties to over $20M in volume in 2005 has made her experience something that can’t be taught in the classroom. With almost 400 construction projects completed in twenty plus years, a more seasoned veteran of the commercial industry can’t be found.

Not immediately obvious in the background, she goes about her duties, knowing full well the impact of the personnel in the field and their contribution to the overall success of K-W. She manages all aspects of the office and oversees the financial dealings of the corporation. Duty assignments can range from party planning to technical proposal packages and everything in between. There has not been a check written for over twenty years that she did not oversee. Payroll, job-cost, insurance, bonding, bidding, contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, change orders, payments, receipts, loans, office supplies, lease property, equipment purchases, qualification statements, marketing, human resources, audits, her hats are many. Her duties are all encompassing, her loyalty the same.

Many subcontractors and clients over the years have had little opportunity to meet or deal with her, but her impact is noticed by all. For a true team member with years of experience behind, there is many more years in her future.

The heart and soul of K-W Construction relies on its personnel in the field and their experience and ability to produce a successful project on time and in budget, but many of them are used to having Mrs. Thomas available to them in the office for support, paperwork and knowledgeable experience. A better contribution to each project cannot be made.