To succeed at something, it takes perseverance, hard work, loyalty, and sometimes luck. It also takes that special characteristic called “The Try.” A Casper family, led by the grit and grace of their parents, has exemplified these characteristics and will be honored with the Mick & Susie McMurry Cowboy Code Try Award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast. When adversity has hit their family, Brad and Jan Cundy have faced it with courage, fortitude, and strength to move forward and to make a difference.
The Mick & Susie McMurry Cowboy Code Try Award honors a person or people in the community that have been examples of living the Cowboy Code to its fullest.
High school sweethearts, Brad and Jan Cundy started their family and business ventures in Gillette with the creation of Cundy Asphalt Paving Construction. Eventually it grew into a thriving highway contracting company. The young family, with children Chad, Dawn, and Matt, moved to Casper in the early 2000’s, where the Cundys began Keyhole Technologies, a highway construction traffic control operation.
Over the years the Cundys have made insurmountable impacts on Gillette, Casper, and outlying Wyoming communities. Their focus is geared toward children and single mothers in the community and making sure that wherever they help and volunteer, they are making a positive impact on children.
In the fall of 2011, the Cundy family suffered the loss of their son, Matthew to suicide. Matthew was and forever remains a part of their family, and therefore Jan and Brad, and their two children, Dawn and Chad, have fought to keep Matthew’s memory alive; and in doing so impacted countless other lives. In his memory and an effort to help others and effect change, Dawn began the Mattie Project. Through this, in the Spring of 2012, the Wyoming Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention was created. Jan and Dawn gave presentations and became QPR Suicide Gatekeepers. The Cundy family donated to Casper College for the Matthew Robert Cundy Campus Wellness Center which began a 24-hour mental health counseling.
Together, Brad & Jan have built a thriving business venture under the Keyhole Brand. Jan generously gives of her time through her volunteer work on the Casper College Alumni Board, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Board, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wyoming Area Council. Brad is active in Rotary both in Gillette and now in Casper. Keyhole and Uncorked have done numerous wine tastings and dinners to benefit Casper non-profits with well over half a million dollars raised.