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Newsmaker: For Cherafat, career is ‘like a perfect balance of business and engineering’

It’s not how fast you grow; it’s how well you grow fast.

That twist on the popular John Deere advertising tagline sums up Ramin Cherafat’s philosophy and pride regarding the growth of McCownGordon Construction LLC.

Cherafat (MBA, ’02), who will take over as CEO on Jan. 1 as part of a succession plan, said McCownGordon had grown from less than 15 people and $15 million in annual revenue when he signed on as COO in 2000 to a 320-employee firm with an $800 million backlog.

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