Relatable Conversations with Contractors
Contractors are a special breed, and the stories they tell are just as unique. From how they got started, to the hurdles they face on a daily basis, to the crazy stories on the job that we all love to hear; no topic is off-limits and every story is welcome!
Episode #150 – Marc Revetta
Today, Brian is joined by Marc Revetta, President, Owner, and Founder of Marc Revetta Construction. Working for a gas station in high school, Marc went to work for his buddy’s uncle in construction. Instantly falling in love with the idea of building and the freedom to work outside on a daily basis, he opted to leave everyone else’s dream for him of being a firefighter and go into construction. Initially pulling nails out of wood, he was trained to be a framer. Coupling the pressure of getting projects done quickly and fighting a massive fear of heights, Marc had some decisions to make – to succumb to that fear or push forward with his new passion. Fast forward a few years later and after working for several companies, Marc finally stepped out on hiw own starting Marc Revetta Construction. If you’ve got the itch to jump into construction but aren’t sure how to get started, this is your episode! Huge shoutout to Marc for joining the show!
Episode #149 – Margaret Totty
Mike and Brian are joined by Margaret Totty, President of Los Angeles Housing Compliance. In Las Vegas at 20 years old, she went to work for a General Contractor specializing in restoration working as an administrative assistant and receptionist. Eventually making her way to Los Angeles, Margaret went to work for a large General Contractor and found a role that suited her perfectly – finding jobs for others. Now, as the founder and President of Los Angeles Housing Compliance, their mission is to do just that – foster hiring and job opportunities for those local to the job site by creating a bridge between the local community and the contractors coming in to do the work. Not only that, their job candidates are already coming from groups and schools that teach the trades as well as getting them physically fit for the contracting job they’re training for. In essence, they’re turning around entire communities and all within the construction space!
Episode #148 – Nadine Weiss
Mike and Brian are joined by Nadine Weiss, President of Complete Demolition, Inc. With a successful background in sales and business, Nadine was asked by her father to help an ailing demolition side business he had started years prior. Now, four years after she took the reins of the company, she’s increased Complete Demolition’s revenue tenfold… that’s 1000% sales growth in four years! How did she do it? Well… here’s a teaser – she put safety as the top priority. She learned the demolition trade, and she learned it well. She hired a competent and hardworking office staff. And so much more. This is the construction business version of Extreme Makeover!
Episode #147 – Kirk Page
Mike and Brian are joined by Kirk Page, President of KPS Alarms and KPS Fire Sprinklers. Talk about a seminar on leadership, if you’re a contractor and you run a business, or you want to run a business, or you’ve been thinking about it… this is your episode. With the motto of “Love for Customers, Love for Team, Love for Profit”, KPS has found a deeper calling beyond just installing alarms, home theaters, and fire sprinklers systems. They’ve tapped into a deeper desire to find purpose in the business, with their customers, and in their daily actions. Now with 200 concurrent projects and 3 locations in Southern and Northern California, that desire to tap into their deeper calling is translating to massive sales and profit. So, again, if you’re looking for success, you’re probably looking for the wrong thing. Focus on your purpose, lead others well with grace and truth, and the rest will follow.
Episode #146 – Steve Paxton
Mike and Brian are joined by Steve Paxton, President of Astro Sheet Metal Co, Inc. Now president of the company, Steve is the grandson of the original founder, John Paxton, and grew up running the halls of the original building where they began in 1967. Now, leading the third generation, as well as a host of employees, Steve and their leadership team have made sure that Astro Sheet Metal is well positioned for the future with legacy in mind. Their focus as a company – custom metal fabrication for large commercial projects in the Dallas area. If you’re interested in learning about building a legacy for future generations while doing what you love, this is for sure your episode!
Episode #145 – Serko Khatchadourian
Mike and Brian are joined by Serko Khatchadourian, President of Quadrant, Inc. Growing up in Lebanon, Serko was involved in construction because of his father – a career engineer. In Lebanon, unlike the US, engineers are involved throughout the entirety of the project and are the last line of defense in terms of quality. While he has a college background in engineering, Serko opted to be out in the field, got his contractor’s license, and started Quadrant, Inc. – a contracting company that specializes in high end custom ground-up residential construction. And just like his father, that same attention to detail that he learned growing up in Lebanon is inherent in every one of his projects here in the US – from the very start to turning over the Certificate of Occupancy. And, every now and then, he’ll subject his wife to a detour on the way to dinner to see his work and how it’s creating memories for a new family.