Johnny B. Ezell began building homes in Lawrence in 1964—the same year Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater. Johnny was elected as the first President of the Lawrence Home Builders Association. His friends used to call him, “Easy Money” because of his Midas touch. Johnny's philosophy was to give the customer the best possible product for the lowest possible price. He did no advertising, and used no gimmicks. He was respected for his fairness and honesty. His customers knew they were getting the most their money could buy.
Ezell-Morgan endeavors to maintain this philosophy which is reflected in our emphasis on energy efficiency. After nearly five decades, many of Johnny's original subcontractors and suppliers continue to work with Ezell-Morgan Construction and have been instrumental in our company's success. Ezell-Morgan Construction was founded in 1991.
Johnny’s sons Neal and Brian each grew up with hammers in their hands and started helping out on the job at an early age. Larry Morgan also has been involved in the construction industry for most of his life. Each of the partners has experience and talents that overlap to complement each other and form a well-rounded team.
Neal has worked for several different contractors in Lawrence as a framing or finishing carpenter and job superintendent after high school. He attended KU while continuing to work in construction during the summers. In December 1988, he received a BS in Engineering Physics. While studying for his MS in Electrical Engineering, Neal was hired by the Rockwell Shuttle Operations Company at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he worked for two and a half years. Neal returned to Lawrence in 1992.
Neal teaches continuing education classes on building codes for contractors and building codes officials in the greater Kansas City area. He also works as a consultant to other construction companies. He has served two terms on the Building Code Board of Appeals for the city of Lawrence and served as chairman. He also serves on the Energy Efficiency Building Codes Working Group for the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) where his knowledge of current building codes and building science impacts statewide policies. He is a past President of the Lawrence Home Builders Association.
Brian has worked as a finish carpenter for several different contractors in Lawrence from 1983 through 1991. During that time he also gained experience as a job superintendent for J.B. Ezell Construction.
Brian spends most of his time in the field supervising everything past the foundation stage. Our high standards of energy efficiency demand close attention to detail and the use of some unique methods at many stages of construction. Brian’s close supervision and knowledge of the building codes is vital.
Brian’s is in charge of scheduling the bulk of the work on all the jobs which may be as many as 10-15 at a time. The old adage, “Time is money”, was never more true than in construction. He is well respected by our subcontractors who benefit greatly from his organizational skills.
Ezell-Morgan strives to maintain long term relationships with quality-conscious, stable, and dependable subcontractors who are the best in their field and will stand behind their work. We try to provide our subs with a steady supply of work year around and maintain a consistent level of quality. Most importantly, we respect our subcontractors and pay them on time. In recent years we have demanded that our subs significantly relearn their trades. Methods that they may have been using for years are no longer sufficient to pass our rigorous standards of energy efficiency and structural integrity. Some of the subs have worked for Ezell-Morgan or J.B. Ezell for over 45 years.