Steve Deacon and three friends - the owners of J.R. Roberts Corp. - founded S.D. Deacon Corp. in Portland in 1981. Bob Hall, Bob Olsen and Jim Reilly had formed J.R. Roberts in Sacramento in 1979 and then partnered with Steve to start the company with Steve as the managing shareholder.
The company’s first office space was an eight by ten-foot room in a small office building in southwest Portland, borrowed from some friends. Steve and his wife were the company, with support from J.R. Roberts.
Almost immediately, we developed a knack for and an interest in retail projects. Today we handle most types of commercial and multifamily work, but retail still accounts for about half our volume. We currently rank as the largest retail contractor on the West Coast and the fifth largest in the nation.