Commercial Residential Aluminum OwnershipA few words about Tom and Perry
Tom Teffenhart, CRA’s President and CEO, is a visionary entrepreneur who has a passion for all types of building. His enthusiasm has changed the Aluminum Construction industry on several vectors.
As a young Mechanical Draftsman, Tom learned the importance of precision engineering in the structural design and construction of architectural projects. He has carried that through his career.
In 1983 he followed his passion into the Construction industry where he had the opportunity to build residential and commercial projects from the ground up.
Tom used his expertise to start an Aluminum Construction company during a time when pool cage designs were still being designed with chalk on driveways. He used his architectural expertise to create and implement engineering calculations. Not only did this ensure the structural integrity of his cages, but it also allowed him to be one of the few who could customize pool cage designs.
His business grew very quickly, and in 1992 he brought in Perry Hickok as his partner to form CRA.
More recently, Tom designed and patented the Channel Lock Self-Mating beam that is revolutionizing the aluminum industry. Exclusively available to CRA customers, it is stronger and spans a further distance than standard beams.
Tom is certified in the state of Florida as a General Contractor, and holds a special Aluminum Structure license. Tom is married, a proud father of 5, and enjoys family time, fishing, boating, diving, and golfing.
Perry Hickok, CRA’s Vice President and Head of Sales, is a strategic leader who has an innate ability to originate, expand, and enhance business opportunities and client relationships.
Perry started in the Aluminum Industry over 30 years ago as a product installer where he learned Aluminum Construction from the ground level. He was promoted into a position where he measured and designed aluminum projects for customers, and he then moved up into sales. Perry’s expertise and customer focus gave him several opportunities to successfully revive stagnant sales markets, and he was quickly promoted into management.
Perry knew his unique combination of leadership skills, love of sales, and product expertise were being wasted working for someone else, so he joined Tom Teffenhart in 1992 to form CRA.
Perry is married, has a son, and enjoys his Florida lifestyle of boating, golfing, and biking.