• The Rooftop Reformers

    When Josh O’Brien took a job as a salesman at a roofing company at the age of 21, he never imagined that this first job would be his professional destiny.   read more...

  • Gaining Strength from Setbacks

    In business and life, all of us suffer setbacks, unexpected bad luck and circumstances beyond our control. While some see defeat as a reason to give up or change course, others refuse to give in and instead use disappointment as energy to fuel success. Such is the case with the team at J. Feldkamp Design Build (JFDB), a family-run heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and pipe-building company run by Jon and Joel Feldkamp and their father, Jody, who is now semi-retired.   read more...

  • A Shining Example

    We’ve all seen those ugly old trucks pulling equipment encrusted with tar from months or even years of paving jobs. So why does G&J Paving, Inc. (G&J) keep their equipment and trucks so shiny? President and CEO Chad Jordan believes it’s akin to Admiral William H. McRaven’s advice to start a successful day by making your bed.   read more...

  • Experience Points the Way

    When it comes to ranking careers, professional plumbers may not always make the Top 10 Best Jobs list. But when a plumbing issue disrupts the normal course of life, finding a reliable and trustworthy plumber becomes job one for most people.<   read more...

  • Zooming in on Commercial Real Estate

    John Rickert started his adult work life as a U.S. Army officer and Scout helicopter pilot. He and partner Larry May now lead General Contracting Partners, Ltd. (GC Partners) with similar values.   read more...

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

    Nobody said life would be easy. An entrepreneur by temperament, an accountant by education, Matt Brennan understands numbers. But in 2008, as the Great Recession settled in for a long, hard visit, Matt found new meaning in the word “downturn.” By the numbers, Matt had 15 businesses, $27 million in sales, 110 employees and multiple office locations. His businesses were tied to construction, which was one of the industries hit hardest by the ruthless wiles of recession. With his businesses highly leveraged, the future looked more than grim. Matt was a smart man, with a good head, who was losing his shirt—and fast.   read more...

  • Quality Services at an Affordable Price

    While other companies focus on high-dollar roof replacements, Aaron Kerrigan, owner of Kerrigan Roofing and Restoration, keeps his sights on creating customer value. That means offering roofing and restoration services that make sense. “Very often, customers don’t need a complete roof replacement. We offer warrantied coatings that prolong the life of the roof for a fraction of the cost,” Kerrigan says.   read more...

  • Old-Fashioned Values, Friendly Service

    Jeff Sandlin and Kevin Serey took a mom-and-pop business and created a roofing powerhouse in the Dayton, Ohio, area, with annual revenues growing from $1 million to more than $5 million in five years. Their secret to success? When in doubt, take care of the customer.   read more...

  • Do the Right Thing

    When Jim Mitchell’s two sons first began working with him at BHI General Contracting, they worried their dad was taking his work way too seriously.   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...

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