Mike and Brian are joined by Carolina Alvarez, President of J&S Building Maintenance, Inc. Working for a large national janitorial company and traveling half the month, Carolina opted to start her own janitorial construction company and create her own destiny. And the life lessons in this one are golden - from realizing she needed to have a construction license at the start of the company to having the right people in place for executive and management positions, this episode should be saved and downloaded for future reference. Thank you Carolina for your pearls of wisdom!
Mike and Brian are joined by April Morse, Owner of Weber Company. Immediately after graduating college, April began working towards her teaching credential with the hopes of becoming a teacher. But, growing up with a dad that owned a custom cabinetry shop and a mom that was retiring from doing the books, April found herself working at the family business - and loving it! Fast forward through the Great Recession of 2008, she's gathered a ton of lessons and applied those to the business (we call that Wisdom!) and is taking every day in faith and gratefulness. Talk about a rad boss and company to work with and for!
Mike and Brian are joined by Robert Cianciminio, COO of Glazing Concepts, Inc. Back in 1991, after Robert had been honorably discharged from the US Navy Reserves, he took an outside sales position in the automotive industry and he hated it. So, he took an estimating position for a glass company at $6 per hour - keep in mind he was married with two kids! Now 30 years later, he's the COO of Glazing Concepts, a rapidly growing glass company. No stranger to hard work, Robert starts every morning at 3 am, has his son now running all safety protocols within the company and thrives off of the challenges each new day presents in construction. Huge thanks to Robert for joining us!
Mike and Brian are joined by Clayton Rodrigues, CEO and Founder of Zothex Flooring, Inc. Originally from Brazil, Clayton came to the States to go to medical school, but through a series of events decided to go into flooring... and not just get into it, but open his own company. Now, six years later, he's got 50 employees, opening his 4th store with plans and goals to open 20 stores within the next 5 years! And the key to all of this - vision. Clayton's got vision pouring out his ears. He hires like-minded individuals from the beginning to aid in the mission of the company. He's looking for hungry people that want to work and do anything and everything they can for the cause because that's who he is. And it's working. If you're lacking that drive, if you feel stuck, then this is the episode for you! We promise you, you'll want to check this one out!
Mike and Brian are joined by Kirk Lane, President of Direct Shades & Blinds, Inc. With a 30 year background in the Event Technology industry, Kirk has a ton of crazy fun stories that led him to working for Direct Shades & Blinds - a contractor working all over the western US installing commercial window coverings. In fact, you'll quickly see that his 30 years of management, production, and sales outside the industry provides a rich new perspective to the business side of the construction industry.
Mike and Brian are joined by Ray Goldsboro, President of Bonanza Plumbing. After one year of community college, Ray went to work for a plumbing company for the summer and that really started his love for the industry. He went back to school for a semester, but went right back to that same company in the winter! Now, as the President of Bonanza Plumbing - a plumbing company that specializes in new residential plumbing installation, specifically new residential tract development, he gets into the specifics of running his company, having a strong team that's motivated to work together, growth, and new verticals to continue to grow the company. Please welcome Ray Goldsboro to our Podcast family!
This episode's guest: Mike Echelmeier of Echelmeier Consulting and Constructability Review. You can reach him at me.eccr [at] att.net.
Mike and Brian are joined by Mike Echelmeier, Owner and Founder of Echelmeier Consulting and Constructability Review. Growing up, Mike's dad, a bridge engineer, worked with contractors all over the world building bridges - and that afforded them opportunities to live for some time all over southeast Asia. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and Mike, the only child in his family to get the construction bug, went to work for a whole list of contractors and construction management companies, including an opportunity to work for some time in Saudi Arabia building a hospital for the King. Now, marrying his construction experience and his affinity for detail, Mike heads a company that specializes in constructability review - reviewing architectural drawings and plans before construction to ensure everything is spelled out correctly for the contractor to keep projects from getting sidelined because of incomplete plans and hammered with unnecessary change orders. If you're looking for experience and stories, not only will you be thoroughly entertained, but you'll be able to bookmark this episode for future reference and knowledge checks! Huge shoutout to Mike for jumping on the show!
Mike and Brian are joined by Gregg Cantor, President and CEO of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel. A fixture in the San Diego community, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel was founded by Gregg's grandfather - the actual Murray Lampert. The company, still in the family, is centered ON family and, while consistently growing as a business, they've made it a habit to be the forerunner in terms of marketing - especially in today's digital world. Add to the fact that they’re regularly featured on San Diego’s ABC 10 News and you’ll quickly see how they’re able to sell by educating the consumer.
Mike and Brian are joined by Jon Archer, President and CEO of Destination West Builders. After an ACL tear in his senior year of high school, his college football hopes were dashed. And though his football dreams were gone, the two things he was able to carry with him were teamwork and hard work. And those two themes carried him through college, where he studied Construction Management, and the myriad of jobs he worked on before starting Destination West Builders. Now with a growing team, and an insatiable tenacity to never stop, Destination West Builders is growing at a rapid pace and Jon is the reason for it. Jon, a natural leader, shows what grit, tenacity, and teamwork can easily do when starting your own company.
Mike and Brian are joined by Sean Yahn, CEO of American Window Concepts. Prior to American Window Concepts, Sean worked for a window manufacturer and toured the state of California working on warranty claims. The thing he learned... a great window with a bad installation by a fly-by-night subcontractor equals a terrible product. So, when American Window Concepts was launched, he put his OCD to work ensuring that every window is meticulously measured, manufactured and installed correctly the first time. That same attention to detail has been handed down to his employees to the point, now, that his meticulous methodology is replicating itself within each install, the culture, and the very fabric of the company. The people there are like family, and that's very intentional. You'll love the energy and the passion that Sean brings to his craft, we guarantee it!