Twenty-years ago on February 4th, Cannon & Cannon began with an old wooden drafting table, two employees, and a single 286 computer.
Harold and Angie Cannon ran the company out of their home with two young kids and a handful of clients.
Harold’s father had decided to retire from his own engineering firm the previous year, prompting Harold and Angie to take the daring risk of starting their own.
Harold learned from his father the importance of valuing people and communities above all else. Harold saw examples of this when his dad designed projects for the World’s Fair Park and visited the rural communities of Appalachia. Seeing a need for clean water, he built a water line that would serve to provide their community with a sustainable water source for decades.
It would be six months before Harold and Angie would have an office space of their own in Franklin Square and enough money to hire their first employee. They would go on to occupy three different offices over the next several years before moving to their own building behind the Chop House on Kingston Pike until 2008.
Beginning as a startup in the office of their home, they could not have dreamed that they would land in their current building with a family of nearly 50 employees.
A lot has changed in the last 20 years, but from the beginning, a vision and intention was being set in place that would direct the next 20 years of business.
Cannon & Cannon’s motto, “Enhancing Community Life By Design” seeks to engage the community with intentionality and with the backbone of relationships. That has remained the constant from day one.
Over the course of the year, we will continue to celebrate Cannon & Cannon’s 20th year through the stories and memories that have shaped both the company and the people who have made it what it is today.