The Vecellio Family
The Vecellio Family
The Vecellio family’s story begins at the turn of the 20th century when Enrico Vecellio came to West Virginia as a masonry contractor, gaining a reputation for workmanship and integrity. He moved on to grading and building roads, and out of this early start grew one of America’s premier contracting, mining and engineering businesses, operating throughout the mid-Atlantic, southeastern U.S. and beyond.
In 1938, Enrico’s son, Leo, Sr., founded Vecellio & Grogan, with his father and brother-in-law. During World War II, Leo led the construction of roads and runways for Allied Forces overseas. He then returned home, and Vecellio & Grogan became ranked as a top transportation construction firm.
Leo Vecellio, Jr., grew up in the family business and joined it full time in the 1970s. He extended its reach in the southeastern United States through a series of acquisitions, start-ups and expansions. He also diversified into aggregates production and energy services. Today, under the corporate umbrella, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., are: The Vecellio Group, Vecellio & Grogan, Ranger Construction Industries, Sharpe Bros., White Rock Quarries, Vecenergy and Hal Jones Contractor.
Leo, Jr., and wife, Kathryn brought their sons, Christopher and Michael, into the business after the two completed graduate school. They joined the executive team in 2002; becoming the fourth generation of family leaders.
The family has been very active serving in voluntary leadership positions with construction industry association for decades. Several generations of Vecellios have been selected by their peers as chief elected officers or directors at these groups: ARTBA, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Floridians for Better Transportation, Contractors Association of West Virginia, Associated General Contractors of West Virginia, West Virginia Mining & Reclamation Association, and West Virginia Flexible Pavements Council.
The family’s philanthropic activities are extensive. Since 1973, their Foundation has provided nearly 400 four-year scholarships to graduating high school seniors, totaling $3.2 million dollars. The Foundation has provided major financial support to local and national charitable groups. The Vecellios also endowed the Vecellio Professorship in Construction & Engineering Management at Virginia Tech.