Pfund Construction was named the 2017 Business of the Year today at the 2018 Business Forecast Breakfast in Edwardsville.
The husband-wife team of Matt and Kristen Pfund was honored for hundreds of residential and commercial projects done in the last few decades.
Matt Pfund started the business at a young age.
“He was a high school guy who had a passion for construction and a drive for business,” his wife said. The business has enlisted their family of teenagers as well, she said.
Mayor Hal Patton, who presented the award, said Pfund is distinguished by several recent projects, including the transformation of the Metcalf Building into six loft apartments and four retail spaces while preserving its historic architecture. He also cited the renovation of the former Gaiser Building across Main Street from the Wildey Theatre, where the entire facade and interior renovation were completed. The company also transformed the former Yonaka Building in downtown.
“They truly exemplify the meaning of making downtown a place where everyone can live, learn, work and play,” Patton said.
The Pfunds give back much through volunteerism. Matt Pfund is on the board of TheBANK of Edwardsville, the board of the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Habitat for Humanity, the SIUE Construction Advisory Boad and is a member of the Madison County Planning Commission.
Kristen Pfund is on the board of the Edwardsville Community Foundation and the Main Street Community Center and is a member of the Community Service Club.
Matt led the volunteer effort to build the all-access playground at Edwardsville Township Park in 2013.
Pfund is also senior vice president of St. Louis construction company Tarlton Corp.
Some 270 people reserved spots at the breakfast, held at the N.O. Nelson Complex in Edwardsville.