Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

FBC Event

Maui Meeting

“Transitioning from generation to generation and keeping the core family values alive”



About J. Stephen Goodfellow, CEO
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington – a small agricultural town known as the “Apple Capital of the World”- Steve Goodfellow knew at an early age that his destiny would be tied to the family business.

In 1921, brothers Jack, Bert and Steve’s grandfather Jim Sr. started the family’s construction business, Goodfellow Bros., Inc. They operated the company with the philosophy that building roads, dams, or housing projects was just as much about building relationships with people and communities. Today, Steve, along with son Chad and his brother Dan, are continuing the family legacy as 3rd and 4th generations of Goodfellows.

Steve joined the family business at age 17, just old enough to get his union card. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, he and his father Jim Jr. moved to Molokai to help start the Hawaii Operations. Over 40 years later, Goodfellow Bros., Inc. has assisted in constructing both private and public infrastructure throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Currently, GBI has Heavy Civil Operations on every Hawaiian island, throughout the Pacific Northwest, and recently Northern California – through the acquisition of Top Grade Construction, a grading and paving contractor located in the San Francisco Bay area.

Steve is an active board member at Seabury Hall Preparatory Academy and has served on the boards of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, The Hawaii Nature Center, the Maui Economic Development Board, and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, to name but a few. He also encourages involvement of family members and employees in a host of Maui non-profit community organizations.

In his free time, Steve enjoys outdoor activities with his wife Tamar, and children Chad, Chelsea, and Zoe.

About Chad Goodfellow, President
Born in 1980 and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Chad is currently a 4th generation shareholder of Goodfellow Bros., Inc. The company was started by his great grandfather, James Goodfellow, in 1921. Chad serves as the President of both Goodfellow Bros., Inc. and Goodfellow Top Grade Construction which currently has approximately 800 employees spread throughout the company’s offices: Seattle, Portland, Northern California, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Company’s resume includes: airports, bridges, dams, golf courses, harbors, highways, housing developments, marinas, wastewater treatment facilities as well as a host of environmental projects, from wind farms to wildlife habitat protection.

Chad began his career in the field as a parts runner and later joined the Laborers’ Union Local 368 working as a laborer on various projects. After graduating from University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Chad returned to Maui as a project engineer – eventually managing two concurrent Mokulele Highway widening projects. These were the largest projects for the company at the time and later won an Award of Excellence at the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, Build Hawaii Award competition.

He is a member with many professional organizations from contractors associations to peer groups such as the GIFT Foundation, Boy Scouts of America – Maui Chapter, The Nature Conservancy – Corporate Council for the Environment, YPO Hawaii, and Hawaii Operating Engineers Local No. 3 Annuity Trust Fund.

Chad currently resides on Maui, yet travels often to the company’s various regions.