• Home Grown

    In 2006, 18-year-old Josh Jenkins had a secondhand lawnmower in his parents’ garage where he grew up in Mechanicsville, Maryland. His younger brother, Jake, was his only employee. Add a lot of dedication, hard work and stellar customer service, and today his enterprise is what Josh describes as a million-dollar company with multiple crews and divisions that range from landscaping to carpentry, remodeling and electrical work.   read more...

  • Made of Glass

    With a master’s degree in architecture, Nick Taghavi has worked with clients and colleagues all over the world for more than 15 years, specializing in sustainable design for high-rise buildings. A few years back, he set out to address a gap he identified in the construction market and focus specifically on glass.   read more...

  • Human Resources with a Human Touch

    Adam Doman, President of PathGoal Employer Services (PathGoal), is passionate about helping businesses grow. His company, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, functions as a human resources (HR) department for small to midsized business and government contractors. Its services cover both government compliance requirements and employee management tasks, including employee benefits, payroll and workers’ compensation insurance, recruiting, risk/safety management, performance management, and training and development functions.   read more...

  • Blazing His Own Trail

    Candido Hernandez loves his job. In 2015, he started GA Fire Proofing, LLC with the ultimate goal of building relationships and creating a culture of putting people first. He wanted a work environment different from those he had experienced when working for other firms—one that would be molded from his own foundational beliefs and values. He continues to build a company that values input from its employees, emphasizes the importance of ongoing education and training, and gives back to the community.   read more...

  • All In The Family

    Newark Wire Works Inc. is a three-generation, family-owned business. Initially formed in 1910, the company has been in operation for an impressive 109 years. JP Spellman and his father, Joe Spellman, both worked for the company’s previous owner. JP recalls his own entry into the business as a high school student: “I drove the truck, I painted, I was on a bench and wove mesh.”   read more...

  • True to its Name

    When Richard Harris, President of Noble Modern Builders LLC, created a name for his firm, he did so with the goal that the name would communicate the company’s values. Those values include integrity, high quality, transparency and dependability (“noble”) and a commitment to world-class best practices in the construction industry (“modern”). That’s how the name Noble Modern Builders was born.   read more...

  • Doing Well by Doing Good

    In the 1970s, the federal government under President Jimmy Carter was developing the national Community Reinvestment Act, which aimed to provide funding and programs to build affordable housing while also providing training and employment opportunities to low-income communities across the United States. In the state of Florida, a man named Raleigh Greene, who was head of a large savings and loans institution, wanted to implement a similar program at the state level. He understood the critical need to address the lack of affordable housing across the country, but especially in Florida, which has for decades received a high volume of immigration. Raleigh became the driving force behind the creation of First Housing.   read more...

  • Enlightened Efficiency for All

    Thomas Edison and his team at Menlo Park, New Jersey, forever changed the way we see the world when he patented the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb in 1880. In recent decades, however, an increased demand for more resilient electric light sources is steadily making Edison’s invention obsolete.   read more...

  • Success in Inclusion

    It’s not often that a successful organization decides to restructure and reinvent the way it does business, and even less often that the restructuring leads to even more success. But IAP Government Services Group is a different story. The company was initially founded as TG Banks & Associates in 1990, a private construction firm that did special state and local projects. In 2004, President and CEO Thomas G. (TG) Banks decided to restructure, forming IAP Government Services Group and focusing on pursuing work utilizing his veteran or minority status. Today, IAP Government Services Group is a full-service construction management, design-build and general contracting firm based in Ohio but with more than 30 certifications across multiple states, ranging from New York to Florida to Texas. “We had just six people in 2004, and that’s now grown to 36,” TG says. “And our sales exceeded $30 million last year, up from $1 million in 2004.”   read more...

  • Head of the Class

    Irwin & Leighton, Inc. is firmly at the head of the class among its construction peers.   read more...

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