Owner Alec Cook and the History of Our CompanyApr 05, 2021
In 2009, the future course of Continental Siding changed forever when Alec Cook interviewed for a part-time position with the company while he was a full-time college student. When Jerry O’Neal gave Alec Cook the job, he saw great promise in him, but he couldn’t have known that he had just hired the future owner of Continental Siding. Within five short years, future Continental Siding owner Alec Cook had already been promoted to general manager of the entire company. Starting the first year Alec was promoted to management, Continental Siding has earned the Angi Super Service Award every year since. We don’t think that’s a coincidence. We take good care of our customers because our customers take good care of us.
In the years that followed, Alec Cook continued to show potential and Jerry O’Neal began to include Alec on TV commercials, which Jerry had long done by himself. With so many local residents familiar with Alec, it made sense in 2017 for Alec to become a minority shareholder of Continental Siding and become Jerry’s first-ever business partner. Working side by side, Alec Cook and Jerry O’Neal continued to grow the business until 2019 when Alec purchased the remaining stock from his business partner and became the sole owner of Continental Siding.
One of the first changes made by Continental Siding owner Alec Cook was to invest in his employees by initiating a 401K match program as well as many other initiatives. This was something especially important to him because he understands the importance of helping all team members of Continental Siding love what they do for a living.
Since Continental Siding owner Alec Cook took over in 2019, the company has earned numerous awards and other accolades. Alec Cook’s leadership has resulted in Continental Siding earning the Integrity Award from the Better Business Bureau, the Philanthropic Business of the Year award from the Independence Economic Development Council, the Community Leader and Business of the Year award from the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporate Citizen of the Year award from the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Alec Cook knows our company is a product of our community, which means we are only here because of our community. That’s why we will always do everything we can to make positive contributions and investments in the future of our great community. One of his core goals is to run the company in a way that will make his wife and kids proud of him.
The Early Days of Continental Siding
Continental Siding owner Alec Cook understands better than most what it takes to own and operate a company that is well known for being the area’s leading provider of polymer siding and other home improvement products. This is because he has worked alongside Jerry O’Neal for many years and his knowledge of business, along with the outstanding products that Jerry created, turned Continental Siding into Kansas City’s premier exterior home renovation company.
As a company, Continental Siding began in Kansas City in 1982, when Jerry O’Neal decided that he wanted to bring his love for helping homeowners protect their homes with insulated siding and created what would eventually become the Midwest’s largest siding and window installation company. Over the decades, Continental Siding has grown to become an industry leader in siding materials, technology, and products with locations and facilities in Independence, MO, Columbia, MO, Springfield, MO, and Wichita, KS. But, it all began when our founder established himself in the Kansas City area thirty years ago.
Jerry O’Neal grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he’d been involved in one aspect or another of the construction business since he picked up a job as a carpenter’s assistant at just sixteen years old. It was in Tulsa where he met and married his wife Patricia. As a young newlywed, he knew that hard work and honest pay would serve his wife, Patricia, and him well as they embarked on their life together. An entrepreneur at heart, Jerry O’Neal had an eye for business opportunities that took him from worker to business owner in little time.
Before coming to Kansas City to help a friend straighten out her siding company, he hadn’t spent much time in the area. He’d owned a carpet business in Oklahoma but sold it in 1980. Rather than retire at an early age, Jerry O’Neal started looking for new ways to stay busy and help out. It was around that time that the call came from Kansas City—a friend needed an expert’s help in straightening out the finances for a siding company. Along with his wife, Patricia, Jerry O’Neal packed his bags and headed north to Missouri.
The job he came up from Oklahoma to take ended up lasting a bit longer than originally anticipated. But the work was good and, at the same time, he had an opportunity to help out a friend that desperately needed a hand. Before long, Jerry O’Neal had grown accustomed to his new surroundings. Sure, Kansas City was a bit different than Tulsa, Oklahoma, but the area was steeped in a history and culture that grew on him every day. In short time, Jerry O’Neal discovered that he had fallen in love with Kansas City—and he began making plans to make his newfound home a place where he could put down permanent stakes and grow a business that would allow him to stay.
It was through these early days helping his friend’s business that Jerry realized that he loved helping local homeowners protect their homes from the bitter cold during the winter and harsh heat of summer that lead to him deciding that insulated siding was the way to do this. That was the decision that led to the founding of Continental Siding. Jerry O’Neal, along with his wife Patricia, have been an integral part of the local construction industry and business community ever since. Throughout many years of listening to feedback from his customers, Jerry realized that the products weren’t up to the standards needed for this area which lead to him inventing his own signature polymer siding and the Perma-Strate Wall System®.
Community service and activism has long been a part of Continental Siding’s history but has truly been brought to the forefront under the leadership of owner Alec Cook. As such, Continental Siding has consistently been involved in a number of efforts to give back to the community through a variety of service projects. It was Jerry O’Neal’s love for the Kansas City area that even brought him to restore Martha Truman’s house in Independence, Missouri. The home of U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s mother is a known historical landmark in the Independence area, but had fallen into complete disrepair over the decades. Continental Siding celebrates the rich heritage and history that is found in the Independence area, and we couldn’t stand to see such an important home in such poor shape which is why our team chose to fix up the Martha Truman house and restore it to a proud and beautiful home again. After naming Alec Cook as the general manager, the staff at Continental Siding participated in a number of community projects that included work for Habitat for Humanity, the Independence Missouri School District, Reviving Hope, High Aspirations, and United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Missouri.
Transition of Ownership
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