Each guest shares personal insights on what ownership means to them; how they describe ownership when talking to family, friends, and strangers; the three words they use to describe ownership; their EO A-ha moments; and why anyone seeking work should consider a career at Delta Pipeline. In addition, Craig discusses the challenges in transitioning from co-founder to ESOP-leader, how hard the work is at Delta Pipeline, and how difficult (but totally worth it) to grow the EO culture.
The goal of this podcast is to have owner-to-owner discussions about a wide range of ownership experiences and culture topics, and to bring more insight into the individual ownership experience.
Delta Pipeline's History (from its website)
In 1991, Craig Danley and Richard Vance started the Delta Pipeline journey. Like many startup companies of that era, Richard’s garage was gutted and turned into an office…converting doors into plan tables. Since then, we’ve worked diligently to develop a reputation as leaders in underground wet utilities.
In 2017, Delta proudly created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and became 100% employee owned! As an employee-owned company, we value long-term, mutually profitable relationships driven by our mission of People • Principle • Purpose. This landmark decision allowed us to further establish meaningful benefits for recruitment, motivation and retention of our team members.
Our combination of experience, professionalism and integrity has made us who we are today.
Delta Pipeline Is A Platform For Success
We Honor our Shareholders, Trade Partners, and Clients
We appreciate and respect trustworthy, long-term, mutually profitable relationships
We operate our business with passion, purpose, and integrity
We actively engage people to learn, grow and make a difference
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Craig has been involved in the construction industry for the last 40+ years and has become an expert in the field of underground wet utilities. He, along with his partner Richard Vance II, founded Delta Pipeline, Inc. in 1991 and Craig has been the CEO for the past 15 years. His passion for organizational development, through growing people, has made a difference for many while establishing a culture of People. Principle. Purpose.
Craig was introduced to underground wet utilities at 15 years old when he worked summers in his grandfather’s business. He graduated from high school in Walnut, CA in 1979 and continued to develop his skills in the field while working to get his contractor’s license at the age of 19. At 21, his grandfather came out of retirement and they together started a wet utilities company.
With his experience and applying the knowledge he had gained, Craig ultimately moved on to start his own pipeline company and Delta Pipeline, Inc. was born. Craig’s interest in self-improvement additionally led him to a study in Theology and Philosophy, where he completed a 4-year Practitioner degree in 3 years with the United Centers for Spiritual Living.
In 2007, Craig enrolled in the prestigious Vistage Chief Executive Leadership Development Program to further his leadership skills and ultimately became the CEO for Delta Pipeline. He also is responsible for collaborating in the creation of Delta Pipeline University (DPU), a field and leadership training curriculum offered to all team members.
Craig’s strengths are congruent with his studies i.e. Connectedness, Relator, Restorative and Significance. Each have played a key role in his development and that of Delta Pipeline. Craig’s primary passion is his work, his unending study of Theology and Philosophy, watching his twin grandsons play baseball, golfing, cycling and riding his Harley. All that being said, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast. He and his wife Julie were married in 1993 and thoroughly enjoy their home in Long Beach, CA.