Burns has been interim president since September. Formerpresident John Wilson resigned in January. Burns, who reportedlyjoined Clayco as a consultant right after Wilson, had formerly beenan EVP with New York City-based Turner Construction Co. Burns had20 years with Turner, and also served as an Air Force pilot. "WhatI saw at Clayco is a very innovative, energetic and ambitiousculture," Burns tells GlobeSt.com. "It's all about trying to bebetter every day, and figuring out what the clients need andstaying ahead of the market."

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He says there will be some additions under his watch, includinga move into the healthcare and government building markets. "Inaddition to our current segments, such as financial, industrial,institutional, corporate and residential, we're going to bebranching out into these new segments. They are both extremelylarge markets, where clients are looking for firms not just tobuild them, but also to design, develop and lease it back tothem."

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Mostly, however, there is no major expansion planned this yearfor the company, other than to make sure everyone is on board withthe same concepts. "We want to make sure we're not just a one-trickpony," Burns says. "We want to continue to offer clients a fullrange of services with numerous types of buildings." However, headmits this year will be harder to sustain the profits of 2007."Last year we grew about 40%, and this year we're projecting about20%," he says. "We'll focus on growing our people."

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Burns will continue to serve on the company's board ofdirectors. Four more employees are also joining the board: PaulGiacoletto, VP of business development and residential businessunit leader; Kevin McKenna, regional VP in the Chicago office; P.Kirk Warden, VP and institutional business unit leader; and TomSieckhaus, VP and corporate facilities business unit leader.

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