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Bruce Gardner

Bruce Gardner

Owner / Founder

Bruce brings almost 40 years of experience to his work. His first work experience started as he grew up on a family farm.  He gained further experience as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and managing a tire store.

Bruce and his family have lived in Arizona since 1987. They have raised their family in Mesa and have loved working and playing there. In his spare time, he likes hunting and outdoor activities. Bruce and his wife have three married sons and 8 grandchildren.

For the last couple of months, almost every weekend, he has a very vigorous schedule practicing his trick shots and stunts. Tryouts for the sixth member of Dude Perfect are Spring 2019. No doubt that he will succeed and become a big Hollywood star!

Grant Merrill

Grant Merrill

Field Manager

Grant has worked with Bruce for over 20 years. Right out of High School, framing new build houses was the start of his wide-range experience in construction and management.

Both he and his wife are born and raised here in Arizona and have raised all 6 of their children here as well.

Every rainy day in the state, you won’t find Grant nearby. He finds pure joy spending those days in the Needles vicinity panning for gold. Just the rich soil & water, his 18” pan, sometimes a spoon and his favorite pet ferret, ‘lil nugget. They have great memories shaking it up, with no one to bother them for miles. In a good season, he averages 20 ounces of gold. He is adding to his collection, in hopes to make a solid gold grill for his teeth by the end of 2020

Ben Stratton

Ben Stratton

Project Manager

Ben is a comfy, familiar shoe around these parts. He has worked for BGCo a few times.  He and his wife are both natives to Arizona and he was born in Globe. They have raised 6 children, and have 9 grandchildren. He is an ASU graduate with BS in Engineering and Applied Science Cum Laude. With many years of experience in big box retail industry, tract housing and building of semi-custom homes, sales/design and part-owner of a truss manufacturer he is a valuable asset to our team.

Ben grew up with farm animals and has been recognized with the ability to understand and connect with animals. With this gift, he has had some very interesting jobs. When he was in High School, because being involved in 4H, he was offered a summer job traveling around the state with a small touring zoo & circus. He loved it! Earning more money than he would have if he worked on his family farm, coupled with meeting new people in different places, brought him pure delight. He reveled in all the experiences he had those two summers. He lights up when he shares all the experiences that have helped him develop the talent for conversing & understanding people. His family likes to tell people that he worked as a circus clown instead of with the petting zoo. We sure love Buttons. He is a riot at the office. Be sure to ask him to show you a trick or tell a joke.

Jacob Cluff

Jacob Cluff

Estimator

Jacob grew up in Gilbert and now lives in Mesa. It’s a miracle he and his wife married because he was a Gilbert High Tiger and she was a Mesa High Jackrabbit. They have put their high school rivalry aside for the sake of love. He and his wife have been married for 2 years. He loves to travel with his wife and take new adventures together. He is attending ASU majoring in Construction Management. He cries every time he watches Rudy, served two years in Rancagua Chile for his church, took professional classical guitar lessons in High School, and can ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time. Whoa! Who can beat that?

Since childhood, Jacob has always loved when Monster Truck Jam would come into town. It was a yearly tradition with his Father & older brother to attend the show together. All those years of playing with toy trucks were put to good use.  Several years ago, he took a temporary job as an auto body technician.  Not just any shop in town, but with the Monster Truck Jam! He has a couple of opportunities to work with the crew, when in town. He admits its physically challenging work. But that doesn’t matter much because the energy in the stadium is electrifying! To repair or restore the fiberglass panels, remove damaged body parts and components is a dream! Working so closely with these massive machines, & and helping them be ready for the next run, makes his inner 10 year old kid exhilarated! He hopes when he retires he will be able to help the touring crew out again.

Teresa Castañeda

Teresa Castañeda

Office Manager

Teresa has been with Bruce Gardner, Co. for over 16 years. With a business degree from ASU, years of experience working in the insurance industry & superior customer service, attention to detail mindset, she is a vital employee to our company.  So much so, that she is mistaken for Bruce’s wife. She doesn’t mind though, we are all use to bossing the big man around.  She is a mother to two children and has been married for 17 years. Her family loves to travel and watch movies together.

With 15 years of storytelling at home, she is honing in on her true talent in life, for when she retires. Audiobook narrators working from home for Disney.  With every conversation at work, she is practicing her voice range, volume, various accents and acting. We are all rooting for her success and can’t wait for her star in the upcoming Toy Story 15

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