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Interview with the CEO

Dr. Aaron Fisher | March 9, 2020

Brendan Quinn is an Owner of Ernest Maier, Inc. in Bladensburg, Maryland and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1995. Ernest Maier (www.emcoblock.com) operates under its company name in Bladensburg, Maryland and has locations in Charlottesville, Virginia (Skyline Brick), Gaithersburg, Maryland, Curtis Bay, Maryland (Bay Ready Mix), Annapolis Junction, Maryland (Bay Ready Mix) and Millsboro, Delaware (Parker Block). The company manufactures concrete products and ready mix concrete, fabricates and installs steel structures, and distributes other masonry, landscaping, hardscaping, and concrete products. The company employs approximately 300 people across the Mid Atlantic Region. He serves on the Board of the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association and previously served on the Board of the National Concrete Masonry Association.

Brendan is a sixth generation Washingtonian, a 1989 graduate from St. John’s College High School, and a 1993 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Washington, DC and is married to Colleen and has five children – Molly (19), Brendan (17), Sean (16), Claire (13), and Kelly (9). Brendan has served on the Board of Trustees at St. John’s College High School for ten years.

Ernest Maier, Inc. started in 1926 under the ownership of Ernest Maier, Sr. and Paul Pullman in Bladensburg, Maryland. The company manufactured cinder block initially using a Sears block machine. As the company grew, it expanded its operations to include building material supply as well as cinder block, now concrete block manufacturing. In 1995, the Maier family hired Quinn Consulting of Chevy Chase, Maryland to save the company from bankruptcy. As part of that engagement, Brendan Quinn, then aged 23, became the interim Chief Executive Officer of the company. At that time, the company was on a run rate to do annual revenues of $1 million.

In 2001, the Maier family agreed to sell the business to Mr. Quinn and a group of investors.In 2000, the company had annual revenues of $7.3 million.In 2003, the company purchased Parker Block of Millsboro, Delaware and Fruitland, Maryland.Parker Block also manufactured concrete block and sold related building materials and had approximately $4.1 million in revenue.In that year, the combined companies would produce $20 million in revenue.By 2008, the Ernest Maier companies had a combined $40 million in revenue.

During the “Great Recession,” Ernest Maier never terminated an employee because of economic conditions.Instead, the company invested in a precast concrete manufacturing plant on the property of Parker Block in Millsboro and started a de novo retail and wholesale distribution business, Skyline Brick, in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2013, the company then acquired Standard Supplies of Gaithersburg, and the Ernest Maier companies would have combined pro forma revenue of $55 million. In 2015, the company purchased Bay Ready Mix of Maryland which sold ready mix concrete with its fleet of “barrel” trucks that had locations in Curtis Bay, Maryland and Annapolis Junction, Maryland.After the purchase, the Ernest Companies had pro forma revenue of $65 million with $4 million coming from its revenue from ready mix concrete. After the purchase of Gomoljak Block in Annapolis in early 2017 and the addition of a ready mix plant in Queenstown, Maryland and Millsboro, the company had grown to $92 million in revenue in 2019 with $20 million in revenue coming from ready mix concrete. The company currently has 285 employees and continually looks for expansion opportunities.

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