Casey Ellison is the CEO and co-founder of EWI Construction in Ybor City. He is a skilled architect with a background in construction and development. In 2014, EWI’s signature building, The Oxford Exchange in Tampa, earned the company the 2012 Builder of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay chapter. Made from the historic Tampa Bay Hotel stables, Ellison and his team converted the space into a modern upscale restaurant, coffee and tea shop and boutique book store.
Ellison is also responsible for projects including the new BayCare flagship in Hyde Park, Buddy Brew Coffee, Le Mouton Noir, and several other iconic Tampa businesses.
Although he is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, his family relocated to Florida in 1985 when Ellison’s father opened the Florida office for Beck Construction. He graduated from the University of South Florida and is officially a USF Bull! He and his wife, Alissa Ellison, have two daughters, Charlie and Andry.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a dad?
Everything. From watching the kids work hard and achieve their goals, to reading them a book at night. Of course the best moment is that hug at the end of a long day; they are always happy to see me when I get home.
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
With Andry, I love our daddy-daughter dates and our time spent fishing or at the ballpark on a Sunday working on her softball swing. With Charlie it is time spent with just the two of us whether that be at the park or playing in the pool.
What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?
Both my wife and I work full time jobs, and this causes a time crunch that is challenging to manage. We both want make sure the girls know they are the focus of the family. With the help of our immediate family we make it work.
What role model in your life influenced the kind of father you are?
My parents. My father taught me how to be a strong disciplinarian but to also maintain an open and trusting relationship. My mom showed me how to juggle everything and to give your children the comfort that as their parent, you will always be there to support them no matter what.
As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?
To be a provider financially and emotionally and to be their support system as they grow older.
What advice would you give other fathers?
Enjoy every minute of it.
It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them?
My wife is an amazing scheduler and list maker and my mother is always willing to help. Between the two of them, I just do what I am told and we make it happen.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I love to fish and hunt.
What is your biggest fear?
I do not like to think of things that I fear.
What makes you happy?
Enjoying vacations in Cabo San Lucas with the family.
Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?
Tampa Yacht and Country Club on Sunday afternoons.