The Cleary Company's office is a testament to its design capabilities

The remodel-design-build firm moved to this 19,000 square foot office in 2019.

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
George Cleary, founder, The Cleary Company

George Cleary was in the ninth grade when he started flipping houses with a friend, and while he may not have known it at the time, he would end up making a career out of it ten years later with his own business: The Cleary Company. 

The Cleary Company was founded 27 years ago as a general contracting company operated out of Cleary’s 1,000 square-foot house. Today, it’s a full-service remodel-design-build firm that guides clients from start to finish down their journey toward their dream home.

For Cleary, his nearly three decades in business has been nothing but rewarding. 

The Cleary Company's lobby at 989 Old Henderson Road.

“To renovate a house and take it from a dump to somebody's treasure is really kind of cool,” Cleary says. “And to know that you had your footprint on that and some capacity to help them create their dream or realize their dream by your efforts has been a really big driving force for what I've always done.” 

The Cleary Company's bathroom remodel examples available for clients to see at its office.

After operating out of his home for 10 years, The Cleary Company relocated to Kenny Road until moving to its current office at 989 Old Henderson Road in 2019. The 19,000 square-foot space features multiple offices, a workshop and, perhaps one of Cleary’s favorite aspects of the office, the Animal House. 

The Animal House, a room dedicated to George Cleary's longtime friend and employee Dave Edmonds.

The Animal House is a lounge area with a full kitchen and plenty of room for hosting events, taking a lunch break or spending time with the team. The area holds a deep meaning for Cleary, who named it after his late friend and employee, Dave “animal” Edmonds. Edmonds worked for Cleary for 14 years, and for Cleary, each day with him was invaluable. 

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“He had an infectious positive spirit and a life full of joy,” Cleary notes. “If he were here today he would still be working with us and we would be a better company.” 

The bond Cleary had with Edmonds is just one example of what Cleary strives for: meaningful relationships. And while he’s technically in the business of making dream homes, he also is in the business of people. 

The Cleary Company's hallway, which leads to the Animal House, its main meeting area.

“When you treat people like you want to be treated, then it's gonna resonate to them,” Cleary says. “... When you care about people, they care about you and they're willing to go the extra mile to get something to the finish line.” 

Currently, The Cleary Company has 52 employees, but Cleary says he’s having trouble hiring fast enough to keep up with the demand. It’s not a quick process to bring on new members who fit the company culture he has spent years building, but he wouldn't have it any other way. 

Cornhole boards made by employees at The Cleary Company.

“There's great people that can do incredible projects, whether you're a designer, a builder, an electrician, or whatever the case may be, but we want to surround ourselves with people that are good human beings.” 

And while Cleary usually just hires humans, one of his top-performing employees is Russell, his right-hand pup of over 11 years who greets every visitor at the door and even comes along for tours. 

The Cleary Company's official client greeter, Russell.

For the future of the company, Cleary says big things are coming. He anticipates further growth, new product offerings and even more of an emphasis on forming long-term client relationships. 

“We're looking to the future and trying to analyze the analytics of what's going on out there in the economy, and it just seems to be nothing but promising,” Cleary says.

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