Corgan is excited to announce we have reached a staff count of 500!
Coincidentally, we happen to have employee number “005” on hand. David Lind took an intern position with Corgan in 1977, and his first project was a small US customs office inside the American Airlines Cargo Building.
What were the characteristics of such a small firm compared to Corgan currently? Originally, there was not a team or studio system as there is today. “Everyone” worked on “everything.” Assignments became a necessity as the firm grew. Management meetings were held over breakfast each Friday, with the main topic being staff allocation to projects for the following week. When those first teams were formed they consisted of just three or four people each.
The small number of Corgan employees spent a lot of extra-curricular hours together. There were bus trips to Cowboys games, volleyball tournaments, and softball leagues. The group was small enough that holiday parties were hosted by C. Jack Corgan and his wife, Carol, at their home. Carol did all the catering herself. When the firm outgrew Jack and Carol’s house, they held the parties on a strict budget at unfinished project sites. To afford a band one year, the staff provided pot luck dishes.
When C. Jack took the reins of leadership from his father, Jack, in 1977, the total staff count was at eight employees. Just 12 years later in 1989, the firm had grown to 100 employees, and ten years after that, to 250 employees. It was at this time, in 1999, that C. Jack transferred the position of President to employee 005, David Lind.
Today, as we officially reach the 500 mark, we have much to be thankful for. Despite our growth, we still enjoy a culture centered on people and relationships – internally and externally. Our advantage comes from the guidance of a number of individuals who have been with the firm for 30+ years. They may have begun as interns, just out of college, but they became a part of the firm’s leadership and provided the foundation that allows our business and culture to thrive.