Matthew Bailey owns and leads Bailey Co., a construction company with $10 million in annual revenues – no small feat given that the building industry is among those that have taken it on the chin during the economic downturn.
Leading his staff and the subcontractors he depends on is a task Bailey takes to heart.
“Leading by example has raised the bar for my employees and associates that I work with every day,” Bailey says.
His influence isn’t limited to his on-the-clock role. Bailey is president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. He has served the HBA in numerous roles, including as a leader with the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow political action committee and as past president of the HBA Charitable Foundation.
As president of the foundation, Bailey raised $56,000 for scholarships and grants.
With the coalition, he convinced more than 50 builders, remodelers and others in the home-building industry to get on a bus and travel to Jefferson City to meet with local and state legislators.
“With this effort, we were successful in defeating a statewide bill that would require all new homes to have fire sprinklers installed,” Bailey says. “This was a big win for our association and our clients to help preserve the dream of homeownership.”
Bailey, who holds certifications as a graduate builder and green professional, was asked by City Manager Greg Burris to serve on the 2009 Reengineering Development Task Force, and he also served on the city’s Strategic Planning Task Force.
“I have never turned down any volunteering position that is asked of me,” says Bailey, who has served on the Habitat for Humanity-Springfield board since 2004.
He was also instrumental in acquiring funds for Habitat for Humanity’s Legacy Trails subdivision in northern Greene County, and he led the effort to build two Habitat Homes to meet National Green Building standards in the Builders Circle subdivision.
Bailey, who asked the United Way of the Ozarks’ Community Investment Panel for funds to support Legacy Trails, saw a new opportunity to volunteer and subsequently volunteered to sit on the panel.
Following the construction of Isabel’s House-Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Bailey’s company donated all of its profits from the job back to the organization. He also throws his support behind Greenwood Laboratory School as a personal donor to the new Science Scholar Wing, a $2 million project that will add classroom labs, storage space, study atriums and faculty offices for the school.
“I am a strong supporter for a better education and learning environment for our students today,” he says.Click here for full coverage of the 2011 40 Under 40.