Michael & Curry
By 1985, another generation was sitting at the helm of the company. Donald’s son Bruce became the acting president, but because his true passion was architecture, his father put the company up for sale in 1985 upon retirement. John Curry and Jim Michael first met as 18-year-old college students and remained close friends over the years. Jim Michael was a successful real estate and property developer across the United States while John Curry had spent most of his professional career with Dayton’s before becoming president of Knutson Construction from 1974 to 1983. After retiring, John and Jim formed a partnership in 1985 and purchased the company. Curry was named president and CEO and Michael served as chairman of Michael/Curry Companies, the new holding company for Knutson Construction.
Standing: Left to Right Jim Michael, Doug Heltne Sitting: Left to Right: Bruce Knutson, John Curry