Our Greatest Asset

Our Greatest Asset

Our CFO is always reminding me that our greatest assets are the people in our company. Years ago, I thought the greatest assets were on the financial statement, but over time, I have learned his wisdom. One can have all of the policies in place, the procedures, and the best opportunities with the best customer [Read More]

L.E.D. Zeppelin

L.E.D. Zeppelin

Every city has its symbols. Here in Birmingham, many associate Vulcan with downtown, but we are seeing the revival of many other icons that got lost in history. We’re pleased to be a part of one such restoration at our Thomas Jefferson Tower project on the west side of the city’s central business district. Originally completed in [Read More]

A Global Perspective on Procurement

A Global Perspective on Procurement

Last week, one of our managers traveled 23 hours to Guanghzou, the manufacturing center of China. The reason for his visit? Robbie was headed for Shineholden Steel Craft Co, Ltd., a steel fabricator, to check up on a production of hot rolled windows and doors that we commissioned for a historical renovation project constructed in [Read More]

A Layoff Can Be a Kickstarter.

A Layoff Can Be a Kickstarter.

I have never met a strong person with an easy backgroud. Earlier this week I learned that a customer had laid off several members of their construction and real estate department. Losing a position is sometimes like a kick in the stomach and I reached out to the folks who are my business friends, offering to [Read More]

Opening the Door

Opening the Door

A rewarding part of this job is the mentoring aspect–helping folks find the areas where they excel and watching them thrive. Obviously I try to do this everyday for those around me. Having been in the industry for a long while, I will also get calls from people looking to make a move, and not [Read More]

The Key to Happiness

The Key to Happiness

To me, our society often values notoriety and success, and over the years I have seen folks drive harder and harder to achieve more without corresponding happiness. This begs the question, is success what really what sustains us along the trail? Not hardly. Harvard University conducted a study, tracking two sets of individuals over 75 years. [Read More]

CE for Christmas

CE for Christmas

It seems every profession these days requires continuing education courses during the year. CE credit is everywhere. What if Christmas required continuing education? What would it look like?  I think it would look like this: Simple and Clear   {Image Source}

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

It’s that time of year again. Like clockwork, right before the holidays kick off, I start to worry about work for next year. After all, as a service company in construction, we are constantly burning off work. Every year I take great pains with extensive due diligence figuring out which jobs we will have to [Read More]

Strong Willed Water

Strong Willed Water

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it is that water has a mind of its own. Where there is a will, there is a way for it to penetrate the building envelope, the walls, windows/doors and roof. Moisture intrusion and the resulting damage is best dealt with at the start, through well [Read More]

On Networking and Karma.

On Networking and Karma.

Networking. At times, it’s the most elusive part of any business and probably the hardest to master effectively. I’ve learned a few things over the years, both from networking the wrong way and also from building some solid relationships. I think my # 1 lesson learned is that networking is highly individual to the person [Read More]