Prior to joining Layton, Eric was the Director of Business Development at Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and helped attract new business to the state.

He makes a big impact in business development – and in the community

The Layton Way concludes its spotlight on three Layton employees who were recently named Top Young Professionals by ENR Magazine. Today’s story: Eric Nay from the ENR Mountain States divison.

Eric Nay, Director of Business Development at Layton Construction, is a client relationship expert who finds success through engagement as a client advocate, ensuring that projects deliver the service, schedule, and outcomes that company owners expect. In less than two years, at Layton Construction, he’s developed solid relationships with clients and developers at multiple Fortune 500 companies. This effort, accompanied by talented project teams, a strategy on team subcontractors, focused preconstruction efforts, client retention through excellent service, and a focus on new national building programs; has resulted in Layton securing over $420 million in new projects within Eric’s first 21 months with the company. Eric and his teams are working to build upon this momentum with several exciting pursuits currently underway that will hopefully award later this year.

Eric’s ambition has also enabled him to grow Layton’s already-successful business to reach new clients and expand geographically. He has succeeded in growing Layton’s presence in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon, with efforts underway for additional work in Texas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Georgia and Washington. Eric is also highly skilled at piecing together complicated deals, especially those that intersect construction, development and government interaction.

Project Wins

Projects that Eric has helped win include:

  • UPS Regional Hub Facility, Salt Lake City
  • UPS Distribution Facility, Goodyear, Arizona
  • UPS Distribution Facility, Portland, Oregon
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center, Salt Lake City
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center, Las Vegas
  • Wasatch Dialysis Center, Salt Lake City
  • Cummins Service Facility, Atlanta
  • Lowes Home Improvement Center, Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Lowes Home Improvement Center, Spanish Fork, Utah

Career and Leadership

Prior to joining Layton Construction, Eric was the Director of Business Development at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and supported the governor’s administration and the GOED Board in achieving its many objectives.  In his role, he evaluated corporate relocations and recommended state incentives, evaluated economic opportunity, and was extensively involved in state boards, committees and legislative coordination. He was also engaged in urban and rural economic development activities, where he helped expand business opportunities, financing, services to help companies thrive, infrastructure development, the establishment and growth of outdoor companies, and corporate development.

Eric was awarded the prestigious Utah Governor’s Award for Leadership in 2015 for exceptional leadership and cooperative teamwork during an organizational management transition and legislative audit recommendations. This required exceptional personal development and improved program results. He was also awarded the prestigious Utah Governor’s Award in 2013 for exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the State of Utah for performance results as Incentives Manager.

Eric Nay and his wife, Kasey, pictured in Park City, Utah, are both avid skiers, top. In fact, they got married at the top of Solitude Mountain Resort, bottom left. Eric enjoys boating and fishing at Lake Powell, a reservoir that straddles Utah and Arizona. He’s pictured here catching stripers (striped bass). Eric also enjoys spending time with his nephews. Eric is an archery hunter, and hiked 100 miles to get this trophy public Utah elk. He butchered the elk himself and packed it out, bottom right.

Focus on the Community

Eric has worked with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to improve Utah’s future for hunting, fishing, and wildlife management. For nine years, he’s been a project manager for the Utah Dedicated Hunter Program and volunteered for the Hunter Education program, where he oversaw three service projects with a combined 800 donated hours. One project included the creation of a permanent Hunter Education shooting range, where youth learn firearm safety and gun enthusiasts can safely recreate.

Eric also donated time to his hometown in a rural Utah community effort called Gunnison City Legacy Project. A gas leak from an underground storage tank did significant damage to vegetation, contaminated water and required businesses to vacate their establishments. It significantly affected the health and heartbeat of a small rural community.  Eric provided service hours organizing and managing manpower for post-mitigation beautification efforts, which included tree planting projects and a planter box installation. He also assisted the mayor in creating a local incentive program encouraging business investment and provided service and charitable donations to a permanent mosaic art installation.

Eric has also served internationally as he focused on community service and humanitarian work in Ukraine. At an orphanage, he helped construct an assembly room extension and organized a weekly service gathering that continued for years.  Eric also coordinated the donation of high-value dialysis equipment to two Ukrainian women’s hospitals and a maternity hospital.

When Eric learned that the Salt Lake YMCA’s flag football teams didn’t have coaches, he planned to step in for a couple of weeks. Three years later, he’s still coaching. Eric’s involvement at the Y has become about more than just scoring points and winning or losing a game. In an environment where some youth are lacking parental presence and guidance, his efforts are as much about providing direction in life as in the game.