Tom Teffenhart is a visionary entrepreneur who has a passion for all types of building. His enthusiasm has changed the aluminum construction industry on several vectors.
As a young mechanical draftsman, Tom learned the importance of precision engineering in the structural design and construction of architectural projects. He has carried that knowledge through his career.
In 1983 he followed his passion into the construction industry, where he had the opportunity to build residential and commercial projects from the ground up.
Tom used his expertise to start an aluminum construction company during a time when pool cage blueprints were still being designed with chalk on driveways. He used his architectural expertise to create and implement engineering calculations. This not only ensured the structural integrity of his cages, but it also allowed him to be one of the few who could customize pool cage designs.
His business grew very quickly, and in 1992 he brought in Perry Hickok as his partner to form CRA.
More recently, Tom designed and patented the ChannelLock Self-Mating beam, which is revolutionizing the aluminum industry. Exclusively available to CRA customers, it is stronger and spans a further distance than standard beams.
Tom is certified in the state of Florida as a General Contracto, and holds a special Aluminum Structure license. Tom is married, a proud father of 5, and enjoys family time, fishing, boating, diving and golfing.
Perry Hickok is a strategic leader who has an innate ability to originate, expand and enhance business opportunities and client relationships.
Perry started in the aluminum industry over 30 years ago as a product installer, where he learned aluminum construction from the ground level. He was promoted into a position where he measured and designed aluminum projects for customers, and he then moved up into sales. Perry’s expertise and customer focus gave him several opportunities to successfully revive stagnant sales markets, and he was quickly promoted into management.
Perry knew his unique combination of leadership skills, love of sales and product expertise were being wasted working for someone else, so he joined Tom Teffenhart in 1992 to form CRA.
Perry is married, has a son and enjoys his Florida lifestyle of boating, golfing and biking.
What makes CRA different that the other aluminum businesses in the region is our team. We’re passionate about what we do — and who we do it with! Our team members are like family to us because we believe the best craftsmanship comes from a happy employee who is respected, treated well and feels at home. The result is a proven track record of successful growth. If you want to be a part of something special with us, we’d love to meet you!