Mr. Arthur W.
Belden Jr. founded Control Specialists
Company in 1965 in Orlando Florida. Originally a sales
company specializing in engineering controls, today Control
Specialists Company is divided into two departments with
emphasis in the traffic signal and traffic engineering industry.
The two departments are:
Sales and Service
Mr. Belden was
born in Wheeling, West Virginia, attended high school in Birmingham,
Alabama, served as an officer in the United States Navy and graduated
with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University
of Louisville in 1947. Mr. Belden came to Florida in 1949, chosen
as one of the first 50 employees of the Joint Long Range Proving
Ground facility at Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa Beach, later known
as NASA. Following a two-year recall to active duty in the Navy,
he was employed as the Florida representative of The Electric Storage
Battery Company. In 1956, Mr. Belden joined Ward Engineering Company,
Orlando, as a manufacturer's representative for such products as
pump controls elevators, instruments and traffic signals. He became
President of Ward Engineering in 1963.
of 1965, Mr. Belden and his wife Alice founded Control
Specialists Company. In the Florida room of their Orlando
home, the two established a solid foundation, and leaning on their
faith and trust in God, built the business which continues to grow
and flourish. Mr. Belden retired from his position of President
and Chairman of the Board of Directors on December 31, 1990. Mrs.
Belden, who worked as the company secretary, office manager, and
bookkeeper throughout these years, now continues to serve on the
corporation's Board of Directors. Mr. Belden's father, Colonel A.W.
Belden, set up the accounting books for the company in 1965 and
served as the company's Treasurer for many years. Although established
as a sole proprietorship in 1965, the Company was incorporated in
In 1973, Control
Specialists Company began their efforts in traffic signal
installation and maintenance (using a pick-up truck with an adjustable
ladder). The Company's first Florida DOT construction project was
as a subcontractor to Hubbard Construction in 1974.
In 1977, Mr.
and Mrs. Belden's son, Mr. W. Bruce O'Donoghue, joined the company
having completed his requirements for a B.A. degree in History/Urban
Studies from the University of Florida. While attending the University,
Mr. O'Donoghue was inducted into the University of Florida's Hall
of Fame, Florida Blue Key, Who's Who Among Students and Order of
has served the Company as Director of Sales and Development, Sales
Manager, Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Operations.
Mr. O'Donoghue became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1990.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Section and
District Five Institute of Transportation Engineers, AGC of Mid-Florida,
the Florida D.O.T. Traffic Operations Quality Improvement Team,
and the National Joint Committee of AGC-AASHTO-ARTBA. He was also
appointed to the Governor's Conference of Small Business Affairs.
business philosophy has always been to "serve the customer first".
This philosophy has proven successful, providing for long standing
customer relations. Every employee: skilled or unskilled, management,
clerical, or janitorial; is required to demonstrate this philosophy
in their work.
Being the President
and/or owner of a company brings tremendous responsibility, not
only for one's customers but the company's employees and others,
including suppliers and vendors. Coping with the stress and daily
activity can often change the character of a company and its owners.
Fortunately for Control Specialists Company,
Mr. Belden realized the need for outside guidance in his founding
of this Company. The principle foundation of the Company is based
on Christian principles and faith and trust in God. This one characteristic
does not mean mistakes are not made within the Company because,
after all, we are human beings subject to error. However, this faith
and trust in God provides a means for hope, grace to seek wisdom
and guidance in our business activity, and to offer thanksgiving
for the success and prosperity of the Company.
we have the privilege of living in a country that provides us with
"Freedom of Religion", where every American has the freedom to pursue
his own religious choice. At Control Specialists
Company, all employees are treated equally and with respect
and dignity, regardless of religious belief. We have a wonderful
opportunity for individual and corporate success at our Company,
and we do not take this opportunity for granted.
demonstrate to your ability to serve you in such a way that it will be clear
that Control Specialists Company
distinguishes itself far above all other companies.
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