M&M’s CEO and President Carey Dove has been at the helm for close to half the company’s 45 years of success, having assumed control of the company in 1996. Although at that time she had a hard-earned business management degree in hand, her initial love of the business – as well as her deep familiarity with all aspects of it – can be traced to the four summers she spent as a laborer on the M&M payroll.
“I loved working in the field. There’s no better way to learn the business. And no better way to get acquainted with the competent, loyal team that we’ve always been fortunate to have at M&M,” said Carey. “I’d probably still be on the M&M frontlines if my father hadn’t pulled me into the office in alarm after spying my developing forearm muscles!”
M & M Welding and Fabricators was founded in 1972 by Russell “Muggs” Mullican, Carey’s father. Carey Dove has grown the company her father started nearly 45 years ago into one of the most successful woman-owned businesses in the country.
Much of M&M’s success can be attributed to a deeply held business philosophy Carey learned from and shared with her father: “When servicing the customer, it is your men who make you. Without your men, you don’t make it.” It’s this enduring philosophy – emphasizing the importance of cultivating and compensating a quality team – that accounts for four decades of satisfaction shared among M&M’s clients and employees alike. And, it’s responsible, too, for the many “legacy” – or family teams – that can be found among the ranks of the M&M family…Carey’s son, Kyle, very much included.