Leadership

Specialty Construction Supply has thrived for over 30 years under the direction and leadership of talented and hard-working men and women. Learn more about what makes the Specialty Construction team the #1 supplier in the State of Idaho.

Leadership

Tracy Hopkins – Managing Member

Tracy has been at SCS from it’s infancy. Over the last 25 years he has been an integral part of the growth of Specialty Construction Supply into the thriving business it is today. Tracy began his working career in the food industry as a USDA inspector during which his obligations centered around technological advancements that would improve the inspection process. It was his commitment to the general public and the Federal government that all food products met the standards and quality set forth by the USDA. He has brought that commitment to innovation and technology to Specialty, continually striving to keep pace with the industry advances to assist customers with the latest trends and technology that will help them be successful.

Tracy was originally hired on at SCS as an outside sales representative and spent time on projects ranging from warehousing to selling gravel to local contractors. Fairly quickly he was promoted to General Manager and for the past 20+ years has lead the team at SCS as the Managing Member of a partnership. He has created the formulation of the asphalt seal coat Specialty manufactures, set the foundation for estimating projects from a sales aspect and greatly helped to develop Specialty’s traffic control department into the largest traffic control company in Southern Idaho.

When not hard at work, Tracy spends time with his family enjoying the outdoors including fishing, hunting, riding ATV’s and spending quiet time at his cabin in Atlanta, ID. His family’s pastimes include car racing and Boise State football as he has been a season ticket holder for quite some time. A couple of times per year his family will travel to Las Vegas to enjoy the thrills of NASCAR racing.

Margaret Hopkins – Office Manager

Margaret is the glue that holds everything together at SCS. After the great dedication of homeschooling her two sons, Margaret came to work at Specialty in 1999. With previous accounting experience she began to work in nearly every facet of administration at Specialty.

In September of 1999, Margaret began filling in part time, filing and answering phones. She quickly proved her worth and came on full time in December of 1999 working her way up through the accounting department. Margaret’s talents allowed her to become an asset in many various areas including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, contract management and even filling in as controller when needed. Ultimately because of her incredibly diverse abilities she was promoted to Office Manager, and continues to help in every facet of SCS’s day to day operations.

When Margaret is not trying to hold the place together she enjoys traveling, spending time at her family cabin in Atlanta, ID and is an avid Boise State football fan.

Gary Gardner – Controller

After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in accounting, Gary began working as an internal auditor for Exxon Office Systems and Ryder/Pie Trucking. He then spent 17 years as the controller for a company in the wholesale beverage industry before moving to the great state of Idaho.

Prior to coming to SCS, Gary held a position with a local general contractor for 9 years that allowed him to fit right in with the culture and business at Specialty.  Gary’s path to Specialty was a whirlwind. Gary was in a car accident on his way to work, notified of his layoff from the company because of a downturn in the commercial building industry and subsequently interviewed with and was offered a position at Specialty all in a 24-hour period. Gary has been with SCS since 2013.

The experience working with a general contractor prior to joining SCS gave him the ability to work hands on with specialized equipment and projects that required materials and supplies that Specialty provides. This knowledge, a hard work ethic and attention to detail made him a perfect fit for joining the Specialty team.

Gary and his wife homeschooled two great children. During that time, they created a small woodworking business that participated in local craft shows throughout the Treasure Valley. From a strong desire and the enjoyment of woodworking, Gary went from creating simple turnings to creating beautiful wooden instruments.

Daniel Kircher – Traffic Control Administrator

Daniel has been with SCS for 15 years. Prior to working at SCS he worked as a shop manager at Idaho Wood Sheds and a Superintendent of Price-Meyers Custom Homes. All that helped to prepare him for an incredible journey through the ranks of SCS.

In the 15 years Daniel has worked at Specialty, he has moved through just about every position in the company. Daniel has worked his way up through the ranks as an inside salesperson, to estimator/project manager, to Administrator – TWICE. Daniel now holds the position of Specialty’s Traffic Control Administrator.

Daniel has completed several courses to enhance his abilities in his current position as Traffic Control Administrator. Daniel is certified as an ATSSA Traffic Control Supervisor, ATSSA Traffic Control Plan Design Specialist and ATSSA Maintenance and Short Duration Activities Course. All this education and certification allows him to effectively manage the largest traffic control company in Southern Idaho.

In his off time, Daniel enjoys hunting and fishing. But above all he enjoys spending time hanging out with his wife and three beautiful children.

Forrest Moranda – Estimator/Project Manager

Forrest gained valuable experience serving our country in the military for six years. After which, he began his education and graduated from Boise State University’s Construction Management program. With some previous experience in project management coupled with his degree, Forrest was a great fit to join the team at SCS.  

In 2013 Forrest joined SCS and became an integral part of our traffic control and permanents departments. Forrest recently married his amazing wife Lindsey and enjoys spending time with her and his wonderful step daughter. He also enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and attending concerts.

Kevin Bussert – Sales Manager

Kevin has been with SCS for 17 years and is a true success story of coming up through the ranks of SCS. Before SCS, Kevin graduated with an Associates Degree in Computer Science. He then gained experience in the forestry industry, recycling, mechanics and heavy equipment parts. All this varied experience helped prepare him for his climb through SCS.

Kevin came to Specialty as a general laborer involved in the flagging department. His skill set moved him into warehouse duties and deliveries and then on into customer service positions. Kevin had a desire to be part of the sales department and made his first sale while he was still a large part of SCS’s flagging crew.

That propelled him into a sales position where he began bidding projects and working as both an inside and outside salesperson. Throughout his sales experience, he noticed an area of need for customers that was not being met by any construction company in the valley. Thus, he created and supervised Specialty’s Erosion Control installation department. Because of his hard work and dedication, Kevin was promoted to Sales Manager and has served in that position for over 10 years.  

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys just about any outdoor sporting activity. He likes hunting and riding ATV’s with his family and friends.

Greg Lotridge – Estimator/Erosion Control Manager

Greg came to work at SCS in 2007. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University, he briefly traveled the country with an event production company. Ultimately, he returned to his roots having grown up working around the road construction industry.

Greg was hired on at SCS as an outside salesperson with a primary focus on the geosynthetic market. As he gained experience, Greg was entrusted with the responsibility of estimating most projects from a sales aspect of SCS’s business. Eventually, his experience in estimating propelled him into estimating and managing Specialty’s erosion control department.

In his off-time Greg enjoys going to and watching sporting events and spending quality time with his wife Stephanie and their newborn daughter.

Dave Matthews – Outside Sales

In 2014 Dave joined the team at SCS as the Asphalt Maintenance Specialist. With over 30 years experience in the coatings industry, his experience and expertise made him a great fit to promote the seal coat that SCS manufactures. As he gained knowledge about Specialty’s business, he has since expanded to act as an overall outside salesperson and represent all that SCS has to offer.

Bob Smith – Outside Sales

Bob started with Specialty Construction Supply in 2011 and was hired as an outside salesperson and has since grown into managing most of our rental equipment fleet. Bob pretty well fills any need that may arise around the office. No challenge is too large.  

Bob had previously been selling concrete supplies for 24 years (22 years at one company) and had been doing various types of construction work for 13 years prior to that. During that time, he had his own company doing remodeling and insurance restoration work for 2 years.

Bob has been through Conspec Construction Chemicals College of Knowledge; a comprehensive training on the use and application of chemicals for the concrete industry. More recently he completed the Crafco Inc. Equipment School for the operation, servicing and repair of Crafco’s asphalt maintenance equipment. He is also authorized to train and certify our customer’s employees on the use and application of Crafco’s equipment and materials by Crafco Inc. as required by states and municipalities.

Bob spends a lot of his personal time doing mechanical work around the house, riding street bikes and enjoying the shooting sports. He also enjoys camping with his wife, children and grandchildren when he gets the chance.

 

valerie taylor – OUTSIDE SALES

Valerie is the newest memeber of our team. She has been in the Boise area for about 26 years. She comes with over 20 years of sales experience ranging from software and retail sales to insurance and financial services. She is eager to learn the industry and is enjoying the freindly and diverse environment that Specialty has to offer. 

In her time away from work Valerie spends her days being a mother to her 15 year old daughter, and sharing good times with freinds and family. She lives for the summer and is always up for any activity that involves warm weather. You can usually find her hiking, biking, boating or floating on the river.

 

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