Mike and Brian are joined by Benjie Craig, CEO of Jemby Electric, Inc. Right after graduating high school, he opted to not start college in that first year and went to work as an apprentice electrician. Eventually, going to school and graduating with an Associate degree in Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, he continued working as an electrician, gaining all sorts of new ideas to help businesses thrive. After graduating and meeting with his boss to discuss these new ideas, it became very apparent that his company did not have the same vision, eventually leading him to start Jemby Electric. Their vision – “To Empower Cities and People.” Benjie has a wealth of ideas and thoughts on business, especially in the trades, and you will see why Jemby Electric is flourishing and how he is creating new software that specifically addresses the electrical trade!
Mike and Brian are joined by Doug Reitz, Owner and President of Mark Wilson Construction, Inc. Doug stumbled into the path of construction while attempting an Architecture major at Fresno State University. While personally taking pride in his architecture work as a student, he quickly realized he was not as skilled as some of his other classmates. And with the additional guidance of his professor, Mark moved into construction. Going to work for Mark Wilson, Doug and Mark put together a 5 year succession plan to get Doug fully vested as owner and president with the unique by-product of dramatically increasing their revenue in that time from $18 million to around $45 million! Doug is one of the most positive people we’ve had on the show and you’ll quickly see why Mark Wilson Construction does so well as a result of him at the helm!
Mike and Brian are joined by Gerry McCaughey, President, Chairman, and Co-Founder of ENTEKRA specializing in Off-Site Construction. To give you an idea of what they do – they’re building a 270,000 square foot apartment complex completely off-site. It will be up in 13 weeks with only 10 men off-site! Talk about revolutionary! Gerry’s father literally started the residential off-site construction industry starting in Ireland back in the 1950’s. Gerry grew up only knowing off-site construction and eventually started ENTEKRA. Spend some time with this one, because it’s where construction is going!
Mike and Brian are joined by Jason Walsh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at California Trusframe, LLC. Coming from a shoe store and moving to a truss plant when he was 21, Jason had no idea what a truss was! Now with California Trusframe for the last seven years, they specialize in components primarily for residential (single family and multi-family) – floor and roof trusses, floor cassettes, roof cassettes, and wall panels. And they’re ushering in a revolution in new residential construction dramatically changing the entire construction process – cutting overall cost and risk! Jason opened our eyes to the new trends in residential construction. Give him a listen!
Mike and Brian are joined by Gabe Ponce, President of Precision Landscape Services, Inc. Gabe started his own landscaping business 3 years ago with 3 employees. Now, he employs 35 employees and loves seeing how working hard changes lives and family trees. Grab a chair outside in the grass, enjoy the fresh air and hear how Gabe went from working for his dad pushing a lawn mower, to the restaurant industry, and back. His zest for life and his people will provide fresh perspective on how to run a business in the trades.
Mike and Brian are joined by Sal Lodhi, CEO of Service All-Stars. Sal, like many in the trades, grew up with his dad as a contractor and started early – but his story took a dramatic turn as a young man. His experience ranged from a truck broker, to owning a restaurant until he hit rock bottom and became homeless “without a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.” In that time, just 8 years ago, he decided he wasn’t going to stay at rock bottom any longer and dedicated himself to self improvement – that every day would be a new day and an improving day from the one prior and that he would focus on doing one thing and do that one thing really, really well. Blessed with certain people that were able to help him start Service All-Stars, Sal, with his strong work ethic and creativity was able to take it to the next level with 26 employees!! Talk about inspiring, we highly encourage you to take some time and listen to this one.
Mike and Brian are joined by Jef McCurdy, Quality and Support Manager at Castagra Products, Owner of Coo Roo Co, and Commercial Roofing Solutions Specialist at San Diego Roofing, Inc. His intro has been described as “Some people think he’s cool!” But in all honesty, all people should think he is – with an exceptional emphasis on quality and pride in roofing craftsmanship, and with a love of training, Jef has made a huge impact on the industry. With crazy stories of aggressive sea gulls while on job walks, but more importantly of knowing and honing your craft, Jef’s story is really quite inspirational.
Mike and Brian are joined by Brian Morales, President, Founder, and CEO of Pro-Cal Lighting, Inc. Not the typical path into the world of contractors; Brian left his position as a Pastor and decided to step into the trades where he fell in love with electrical work. Brian took a small investment from his then-retired father and turned it into a company with more than 85 employees! Brian is a great example of making the most out of every certification possible to get work like the LAUSD and BART.
Mike and Brian are joined by Mike Webb, President of MW Construction, Inc. Considering himself lucky, Mike knew since he was 4 years old that he wanted to be in construction. With a father in the trades, he grew up at different job sites regardless of the fact that his dad told him to do something differently for a career. Mike has literally done every aspect of construction, from pushing the broom, to digging ditches, to framing – you name it, he’s done it. Mike started MW Construction in 2019 after working some time at a handful of companies and is quickly making a name for himself. If you want to talk about a grinder and someone that knows every aspect of the trades, give Mike a listen!
Mike and Brian are joined by David Suter, President of Consolidated Building Systems, Inc. In 1997, David worked for a company as a facilities manager and was approached by his father to come work for the family business at CBSI – a construction management, project management, and relocation planning company. A few years ago, Sara Suter, David’s wife, came on board and they made the very intentional decision to build a company culture that embraces leadership over straight management. In David’s words, “we want to be leaders that people want to follow.” As a result, everyone within the company is like family and their employee retention rate is high. If you’re struggling as a business owner and need help with leading a team effectively and empowering those that work with you, then you’ll want to take the time to learn from David!