• ‘A Beacon of Light’

    Sekwan Merritt, Owner of Lightning Electric, has both construction services to offer and a story to tell. The services: His firm takes care of all electrical needs on residential and commercial construction projects. The story: Merritt started his company immediately after being released from prison in 2017. More about that later.   read more...

  • Building the Best Seats in the House

    As a high school and college tight end in western Pennsylvania, Chris Howard was used to competing on football fields before stands full of fans. Now, as President of Annapolis-based Grandstand Design Enterprises, Inc. (GDE), he builds formidable steel and aluminum bleachers and grandstands for cheering fans at schools throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.   read more...

  • Lifesaving Lessons

    Robert E. “Bob” Colvin Sr. founded Maryland Fire Equipment Corporation (Maryland Fire Equipment) in 1961. For decades, he shared lifesaving techniques and lessons with firefighters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Little did he know that he was also teaching his children the skills and mindset necessary to run a successful business that serves the community’s needs and helps keep it safe.   read more...

  • Firmly Focused

    Clients come first at Haley Builders, Inc. And although aspects of the Ashland, Virginia, general contracting firm’s business have changed in its 26-year history, that guiding principle has not. It’s that commitment to customer satisfaction that has kept clients coming back—and spreading the word to other prospective patrons.   read more...

  • Steady, Methodical Growth

    When it comes to tackling monster projects, Pavement Maintenance Specialties knows there’s nothing that defeats a good team. “Our employees work seamlessly together. We’re family here, and it carries out onto the job site. Clients tell us over and over again what a great group of guys we have working for us,” says Senior Sales Associate Rob Boehm.   read more...

  • Knowledge that Changes Lives

    In 1976, Gary Feazell started F&S Building Innovations, a construction company with both commercial and residential divisions, in Roanoke, Virginia. Five years ago, the management team at F&S Building Innovations started having leadership meetings each Friday, and at every meeting the same issue would arise. Like other construction companies across the country, the business was struggling to find qualified entry-level and skilled workers to meet the demand of projects coming through the door. And the problem only seemed to be getting worse.   read more...

  • App-solute Simplicity

    Though many people claim that software makes our lives easier, it’s often the case that complex training is required of those who have the least time to spare. So, what’s the easiest, most cost-effective way to automate work processes? jācapps, an award-winning mobile strategy and development company headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan, helps companies find solutions.   read more...

  • Fueling the Country’s Future

    Have you ever wondered how the fuel you put into your gas tank gets to the pump in the first place? Well, if you live in one of five states in the Southwestern United States, it is likely that Western Pump played a part in the cycle.   read more...

  • Creators of Cool Systems

    Half a century is an impressive milestone. In 1970, Don Damuth purchased a local Norfolk, Virginia-area Trane franchise. Having worked with Trane for a decade, transitioning to his own company—with his own vision—was smooth. Today, Don’s mantra resonates as powerfully as it did 50 years ago: “If you’re not serving a customer, you better be serving someone who is.”   read more...

  • Solving the People Problem

    Mike Matalone, Owner of XP3 Talent, headquartered in Bumpass, Virginia, spent years advising CEOs and other executives about finding, training and retaining the right talent before he developed the XP3 Talent System. Today, his company’s predominant focus is on helping commercial, residential and industrial construction companies hire, train and retain the right people.   read more...

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