Mike and Brian are joined by Jay Valentine Martinez, President and CEO of JVM Landscape Construction, Inc. After graduating from college with a major in Philosophy, he went to Law School. But after that first year, he decided he didn’t want to sue people for a living! But throughout school, he was working side jobs for his dad, who was a landscape contractor and after Law School, they made the decision to go into business together and open up JVM Landscape Construction in 2013. With plans to grow, they have a focus on not only their product and service they offer, but a very specific focus on their team culture to make it a welcoming place to come to work every day.
Mike and Brian are joined by Alex Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Bay Cities Construction in Torrance, California. Starting in 2004, Bay Cities was primarily based in real estate investment – involved in real estate development and flipping homes until the Great Recession hit. With a ton of success in those first 4 to 5 years, they hit the bottom with the crash and that continued for several years. Alex decided to go back to school and get his MBA and learn how to not only avoid future economic pitfalls, but to market and build a business and a brand. Bay Cities Construction is now a full stop residential contractor and more importantly, they have a very, very steady flow of new customers. As a result, he’s turned a failing and floundering business into a thriving and booming residential construction empire!
Mike and Brian are joined by Mark Karch, President and CEO of The Rain Drain. Mark’s father started the company back in 1983 and he went to work for him in 1988 and by 1998 took over the company completely with a sole focus on residential rain gutters. Mark goes into detail the struggles that come along with running a small business especially during COVID when employees would rather stay home on unemployment. Through it all though, they’re still working. Especially with people staying home and seeing what needs to be fixed around the house!
Mike and Brian are joined by Justin White, CEO of K&D Landscaping. Justin started working for his dad at 5 years old with his younger brother laying mulch, pushing wheel barrows, and pulling weeds. As he grew, he realized quickly that school wasn’t for him, went right to work for his dad and fell in love with it. Now as the CEO, and since he took over the company 5 years ago, they’ve grown from $1.5 million to $10 million in annual revenue and are the winners of the 2020 Business of the Year award from their local chamber! Ingredients on how to get there include hard work and very strategic planning. Check out the episode to learn the specifics of HOW the company grew so rapidly and the very intentional steps they took to get it there… and how they plan on growing over the next 10 years.
Mike and Brian are joined by Allan Horn, President and Founder of Precision Wallcovering and Painting. Allan started his career working for his father’s paint and wallpaper retail stores back in the 1970’s. Soon after, he went to work for a wallcovering contractor – couple that with his extensive product knowledge, the stage was set for opening Precision Wallcovering and Painting. Now 41 years later with around 800 jobs a year, their emphasis is on team, culture and excellence. You can see why some of Allan’s best friends who came to work for him 41 years ago still work for him today!
Mike and Brian are joined by Lucas Forte, Founder of Forte Shelter. While at San Diego State University, he was studying business and was specifically interested in logistics for shipping containers worldwide. However, immediately after college he went to work for his uncle’s law firm. His uncle then hired him to manage and build a deck in his backyard with 2 carpenters and an electrician, and he was hooked. After a stint of project management with some large general contracting companies, Lucas took what he knew of shipping containers and construction and brought them together creating Forte Shelter – beautiful high end homes and offices built from shipping containers! They’re on the cutting edge of a revolution in home building!
Mike and Brian are joined by Jason Coleman, President of Golden Construction. Jason’s father started the company 30 years ago because he was tired of working for others and eventually brought Jason into the company. Now with 20 employees with work spread across 3 different states, they specialize in medical construction – dialysis, ambulatory surgery centers, etc. Jason has now taken the company to another level and his focus is primarily on his team which is why they’re so successful. With some crazy stories on the job, you’ll definitely learn AND enjoy this one!
Mike and Brian are joined by Chris De Ruyter, Co-Founder of Signage Solutions. With recent projects like the Marriott, California Pizza Kitchen, Nordstrom, CHOC Children’s Hospital, and AMC Theaters, their work speaks for itself. In fact, early on, growing up with an entrepreneurial father, that happened to also be a contractor, Chris learned the value of hard work AND creativity that would eventually lead to the success he enjoys today. His father started in dairy, made a soft drink, started car washes, and then eventually signage which brought Chris into the business. Eventually Chris went to work for a different signage company that was in major trouble. Looking back, it was a blessing in disguise. He made some key relationships meeting his partner there and they opened up Signage Solutions. All of their business comes as a result of referrals and word-of-mouth which speaks to their high level of quality in excellence.
Mike and Brian are joined by John Caglia, Founder and Co-Investor of Construction Development Management. Starting at 7 years old working for his dad building custom homes in Newport Beach, John learned ALL the trades from a very young age. After college, he went to work for some huge corporate brands including Disney and Rite-Aid running construction projects and jobs. Eventually starting CDM, he moved to the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) field and was able to differentiate his company through transparency, work ethic, and excellence. Tune in to hear why John is affectionately known as Diaper Boy! Thanks John for joining us!
Mike and Brian are joined by Michael Biondino, Owner of Refined Roofing and Vice President of Sales at CAT Exteriors. Starting as a laborer for his dad’s construction company as a kid, he learned the trades quickly. Going from his dad’s company, he jumped into sales at CAT Exteriors – a unique transition, but one that makes sense given his experience in the field. Moving up the ladder at CAT Exteriors, he and the owners started Refined Roofing, a contracting company specializing in Commercial Roofing. Passionate about what he does, Michael shows us how excellence, excitement, and devotion to your craft convert to success very quickly.
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