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Ron Kellish


While Ron Kellish was working for a big four accounting firm in Chicago, he got a call from Larry Ames, who recently began his new earthmoving company, Bemas Construction. He and Larry had worked together in the past, and as Ron admits, Larry was the only one who could’ve talked him into coming back to Denver.

Larry Ames grew up building the family business, Ames Construction, into the behemoth it is today. After helping to move 100 million yards of earth for the new Denver International Airport, Larry wanted to return to his roots by leaving the big family business and starting Bemas after buying a small scraper spread.

Since Larry’s always in the field and doesn’t even have an office at Bemas’ headquarters, he’s relied on Ron and others to help lead the business while he does what he loves: moving dirt.

While Ron’s title is CFO, he wears tons of hats and touches all aspects of the business. In this episode, we talk about the money side of earthmoving, why it’s essential to take care of people, and how Bemas structures its benefits to give everyone a lot more than just a paycheck.

To learn more about Bemas, check out their website at

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