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Perspectives from construction business owners, heavy construction equipment experts and construction technology providers.

CONEXPO – CON/AGG Podcast: Construction Business Insights For Contractors CONEXPO-CON/AGG

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Perspectives from construction business owners, heavy construction equipment experts and construction technology providers.

    Travis “Silkstone” Hesketh: A successful entrepreneur with an interesting background

    Travis “Silkstone” Hesketh: A successful entrepreneur with an interesting background

    This week, Taylor finally gets an opportunity to sit down and have a chat in person with Silkstone Group’s CEO, Travis Hesketh, a fellow entrepreneur whose journey through professional motocross and a formidable construction career epitomizes both resilience and grit. Travis details his transition from the high-speed world of motocross to the equally challenging construction industry, illustrating how his competitive spirit and lessons from the racetrack have propelled his entrepreneurial ventures. Throughout the conversation, he shares candid insights into the setbacks that shaped him, including a significant legal ordeal that resulted in prison time but ultimately redefined his approach to business and life. Together, Travis and Taylor provide a profound look into overcoming adversity as well as harnessing personal growth and strategic thinking to manage and grow a construction business with passion.
    Along the way, listeners are treated to an intimate exploration of Travis's background, from his early days in motocross to establishing a thriving construction business. The discussion delves into the core attributes—such as risk-taking and vision—that link Travis’s past experiences to his current success, while also highlighting his commitment to family and integrating them into the fabric of his business. Key points covered include Travis’s strategic reasons for entrepreneurship over traditional employment, the impact of his incarceration on his personal and professional outlook, and his forward-looking plans for his business and family legacy. As you will hear, today’s episode presents a compelling testament to the power of resilience and the relentless pursuit of passion amidst life's myriad challenges, serving as a beacon of inspiration for anyone striving to overcome personal hurdles and succeed in the demanding construction industry.

    Topics:

    Travis's personal and professional background

    His entrepreneurial spirit

    Travis's legal issues and incarceration and their profound impact

    His decision to start his own construction company

    Balancing the demands of business with family life

    His future aspirations for his business and the legacy he hopes to leave for his family

    The role of personal growth, spirituality, and faith in shaping Travis's life after his legal challenges.

    How Travis’s background in motocross and his personal adversities have equipped him with unique skills for managing and growing his business


    Quotes:
    "I've been through hell, and I'm not back yet, but in and out, it feels like all the time."
    "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it."
    "I've always sort of been an entrepreneur. My roots were dirt bikes, motocross."
    "I obsess about whatever it is that I'm into."
    "I always aspired to be like those who were doing better than me."
    "I would look at a blank canvas of whether it's a forest or a field and I would have a track built in my mind."
    "I've made some bad decisions, I guess, that have led me to where we're sitting, but I have no regrets."
    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/
    
    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/


    Silkstone Group:  https://www.silkstonegroup.com/

    • 49 min
    Dr. Sarah Buchner: Real and Practical Applications of AI in Construction with CEO of Trunk Tools Inc.

    Dr. Sarah Buchner: Real and Practical Applications of AI in Construction with CEO of Trunk Tools Inc.

    With apologies to all his other guests, Taylor welcomes “probably the smartest person” he’s “ever had the chance to interview” to the podcast - the mastermind behind Trunk Tools, Dr. Sarah Buchner. Among her many achievements, Sarah is a Stanford MBA Graduate, holds a PhD in Civil Systems Engineering and Data Science, has been named a Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ honoree, and is, most proudly of all, a carpenter. Today, she and Taylor dive into her fascinating journey from working in the field to becoming a tech entrepreneur and a pioneering CEO who is effectively transforming the construction industry. 
    Illuminating the transformative power of integrating advanced AI technology, Sarah details how this cutting-edge approach revolutionizes construction by enhancing efficiency, reducing errors, and tackling the critical challenges of labor shortages and project management inefficiencies. She goes on to unveil the inner workings of Trunk Tools, revealing how the platform utilizes AI to manage vast quantities of construction data, representing a revolution in traditional construction methods, impacting everything from high-rises to infrastructure projects. Delving beyond the technology, Dr. Buchner also offers personal reflections on overcoming adversity, her unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, and her path as a female leader in a male-dominated field. Her conversation with Taylor here today is a compelling narrative of perseverance, innovation, and the power of technology to drive groundbreaking changes in one of the world's most essential industries.

    Topics:

    Dr. Buchner's journey from carpenter to CEO of Trunk Tools

    The pivotal role of AI in revolutionizing construction practices

    The development and impact of a health and safety app

    The crucial roles of education and perseverance in overcoming challenges and achieving success

    Transition challenges and successes from manual labor to a leadership role

    Insights into Trunk Tools' use of AI

    The broader application of AI tools in construction

    Dr. Buchner's reflections on breaking barriers as a female leader in a male-dominated field

    Her ongoing commitment to innovation in construction technology


    Quotes:
    “I love being in construction, don't get me wrong, but I am in construction completely involuntarily.”
    “How can I be running or managing a team of people where it's so dangerous that like somebody dies?...And I was decided that that's not how we should live still.”
    “I just felt like I can actually impact bigger amounts of people. And yeah, since then I've been doing software in the construction industry.”
    “I've always had an entrepreneurial mindset…I was just like, how can I make money?”
    "The distance traveled means more to me than the point where I'm at.”
    "We build the brain behind construction.”
    “We're working on automating the boring parts of construction that nobody really wants to do…where people show up to do the parts of their job that they actually want to do, that people are safe, and people are incentivized in the right way.”

    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/
    
    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/


    Trunk Tools: https://trunktools.com/

    • 46 min
    Luke Payne: How to Stand Out in Business and Have a Zero-fail Mentality

    Luke Payne: How to Stand Out in Business and Have a Zero-fail Mentality

    Luke Payne, President of Western Excavation, returns to the podcast today to join Taylor for a candid exploration of the intricacies of entrepreneurship, resilience, and work-life harmony. Their discussion, filled with personal anecdotes and professional advice, touches on the importance of a supportive family foundation, the concept of a "zero-fail mentality" for business success, and the evolving landscape of leadership and success in the modern world. This is a truly enlightening episode which not only illuminates the paths to navigating the construction industry's challenges, but also probes the societal shifts influencing work ethics and personal fulfillment.
    Luke and Taylor go on to address practical aspects of business management, such as tackling seasonal operational challenges and the benefits of digital project tracking. In addition to emphasizing the significance of venturing into new business territories and reevaluating traditional operational methods to enhance efficiency and productivity, this talented duo also ventures into motivational strategies for employees, suggesting innovative approaches to foster a motivated and engaged workforce. Through a blend of poignant stories and insightful discussions, they offer a multifaceted perspective on balancing the demands of a thriving business with the priceless moments of family life. As you will hear, this episode stands as a testament to the power of resilience, adaptability, and the relentless pursuit of success, encapsulated in the journey of navigating the complexities of the construction industry while cherishing the value of family time.

    Topics:

    The significance of camaraderie and support among entrepreneurs

    Key attributes essential for success in the construction industry

    The concept of a "zero fail mentality"

    The importance of family involvement in achieving a balanced work-life integration

    The role of spousal support in navigating business and family life

    Insights into the challenges of managing a construction business

    Exploring digital solutions for enhanced job tracking and project management

    Employee incentives and creating a culture of transparency and shared goals

    Societal shifts in the perception of success


    Quotes:
    "You need to have grit, mental toughness, and be competitive. At the same time, you need to be friends with the people you compete with."
    "Having a zero-fail mentality means putting yourself in a position to not fail."
    "I think people value time over possessions now."
    "We are called to suffer in business. We are called to suffer in life because it helps us reach that future potential."
    "You know, Taylor, you gotta make time for your family.”
    "I'm going to go to the places that people don't want to go, or it is a harder area, and there's risk of people breaking into your equipment, stealing your equipment, but I'm also going to charge for that."

    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/

    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/


    Western Excavation - https://westernexcavationnd.com/


    Dirt Bags Podcast - https://dirtbagspodcast.com/


    Luke Payne on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-payne-86752119a/

    • 50 min
    Dave Turin: Talking Gold Rush, and Premiere of New Show

    Dave Turin: Talking Gold Rush, and Premiere of New Show

    The legendary “Dozer Dave” Turin, a stalwart of gold mining from the acclaimed series Gold Rush and the brain behind America's Backyard Gold, joins Taylor here today to share his journey from civil engineering to becoming a venerated figure in both television and gold mining. This episode delves into the heart of gold mining, touching on the historical significance, the personal narratives intertwined with the quest for gold, and the evolution of mining depicted through television. Dave's stories offer a panoramic view of the mining landscape, revealing the challenges of starting anew in the industry, the critical role of family support in his ventures, and the indomitable spirit required to pursue the lustrous allure of gold.
    Dave’s latest series, America's Backyard Gold, emerges as a tribute to the enduring legacy of mining in North America, where he intertwines the thrills of discovery with the personal stories of those he encounters along the way. Listeners are treated to behind-the-scenes insights, heartwarming tales of resilience, and Dave's reflections on the environmental and regulatory challenges facing today's miners. This narrative-rich exploration into gold mining goes beyond the mere extraction of a precious metal, highlighting the human experiences that color the industry and the technological advancements that continue to shape it. Dave’s conversation with Taylor serves as a testament to the unexplored potentials still hiding within the earth, promising adventure and camaraderie to those willing to listen to the land's whispered secrets. Join us on this golden journey where history, human interest, and the pursuit of gold converge into an unforgettable adventure.

    Topics:

    Dave 's journey from a civil engineer to a celebrated figure in the gold mining industry

    The dual nature of gold mining

    The critical role of family support in mining ventures

    Personal growth through the lens of gold mining

    Behind the scenes of gold mining reality TV shows

    "America's Backyard Gold" as a homage to the history of gold mining

    The value of community within the mining industry

    Dave Turin's insights into the modern challenges of gold mining


    Quotes:
    "There are still a lot of states that will let you go out with a pan or a highbanker and a shovel."
    "You're out there in the beautiful outdoors and it's physical work, so it helps you stay in shape."
    "Gold fever is pretty real. People get really passionate about it."
    "Gold is a big part of Canadian history and a big part of America's history."
    "If we take time to listen to somebody's story, everybody's got a story, and it's interesting."
    "I love the history. I love to hear people's stories."
    "There's still gold out there to be found."
    "I've been doing this for 15 years, and I know of two successful gold miners that are on a smaller scale."

    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/

    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/


    Dave’s website: https://dozerdave.com/


    Dave’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grdozerdave/


    Check out Dave Turin’s new show 'America’s Backyard Gold' streaming now on Discovery Plus: https://www.discoveryplus.com/gb/show/americas-backyard-gold

    • 49 min
    The Truth About Running a Construction Business in 2024

    The Truth About Running a Construction Business in 2024

    In today’s exclusive episode, Taylor takes center stage, embarking on a solo journey filled with invaluable insights gleaned from questions sourced directly from the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Instagram community. Delving into the heart of the construction industry's challenges, Taylor fearlessly addresses topics such as cash flow struggles, the significance of hard work in entrepreneurial endeavors, and the intricate dynamics of family-owned businesses. Through candid anecdotes and unfiltered reflections, Taylor offers a raw and authentic glimpse into the realities of running a thriving construction company while navigating the complexities of personal life.
    Throughout the episode, Taylor provides practical advice on an array of pressing issues, ranging from stress management and strategic decision-making to the art of cultivating genuine connections with both employees and clients. From dissecting the nuances of financial management in the construction sector to advocating for authenticity in marketing strategies, our host leaves no stone unturned in his quest to empower professionals within the industry. Join Taylor on this enlightening solo expedition as he offers open and honest responses to those questions uppermost in the minds of listeners, and navigates the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship, construction industry dynamics, and the relentless pursuit of equilibrium between professional success and personal fulfillment.

    Episode Highlights:

    Financial Management: Taylor provides insights into the challenges of maintaining cash flow in the construction industry

    Entrepreneurship and Hard Work: Drawing from personal experience, Taylor emphasizes the value of hard work and perseverance in entrepreneurship

    Balancing Work and Family Life: Taylor opens up about working with family and the struggles of balancing the demands of work with personal responsibilities

    Marketing Authenticity: Discussing effective marketing strategies, Taylor underscores the importance of authenticity and understanding one's audience

    Team Dynamics and Hiring Decisions: Taylor shares his approach to hiring and team management

    Strategic Decision-Making: Through anecdotes and examples, Taylor explores the process of making strategic business decisions, including when to say no to projects

    Audience Engagement and Feedback: Taylor encourages audience engagement, inviting listeners to suggest future podcast topics and share feedback


    Quotes:
    "The best thing about what I get to do every day and market for Ken White Construction is I am my audience."
    "Hard work will always outshine someone who is just smarter."
    "The best form of marketing is having someone who understands your goals and audience creating your content."
    "If you're struggling to attract construction workers, take a look at your content."
    "We try to figure out if the person is a good fit. If they are, great. If not, we try to see if there is anything that can be corrected."
    "Don't make a boring elevator music video to attract someone who wants to run an excavator."

    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/

    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/

    • 38 min
    Ep 151: Katie Kelleher: We can be better for the workforce

    Ep 151: Katie Kelleher: We can be better for the workforce

    Katie Kelleher, aka “Katie Cranes”, an increasingly prominent, award winning figure in the construction industry joins Taylor for what turns out to be her first visit to the podcast today. Katie’s journey from a sales background to her current role as a crane operator and technical development officer exemplifies the importance of seizing opportunities, and embracing career transitions. Her experiences within the industry shed light on the challenges faced by women in traditionally male-dominated fields, underscoring the need for greater representation and visibility.
    By leveraging social media platforms like LinkedIn, Katie advocates for diversity and inclusion, inspiring others to pursue careers in construction and challenging stereotypes along the way. As Katie shares her firsthand experiences, the discussion highlights the multifaceted challenges encountered by workers in the construction industry. From gender disparities in personal protective equipment (PPE) to the lack of workplace flexibility, Katie emphasizes the need for tailored solutions that cater to the diverse needs of all workers. Through anecdotes and reflections, she demonstrates the importance of addressing seemingly small issues that can significantly impact workers' comfort, productivity, and overall well-being. Ultimately, Katie's journey serves as a powerful testament to the resilience and determination required to effect meaningful change in the construction sector, driving towards a more inclusive and sustainable future for all workers.
    Topics:

    Katie's transition from sales to construction

    Advocating for diversity and inclusion

    Leveraging social media

    Navigating career transitions

    Overcoming adversity

    Empowering the next generation

    Driving positive change

    Challenges in construction

    Quotes:
    "I didn't have any women that I knew that worked in construction, so it was a leap for me to think I could do this."
    "I thought, 'We need to flood images out there, I need to get more images of women doing different things out there.'"
    "You go to an office, you start a new office job. People go, 'Oh, this is Katie. Welcome, Katie. Here's your new desk. Here's your new pen.' You went into construction, everyone's like, 'Get on with it.'"
    "You go to bathrooms, women's bathrooms on construction sites, like, Lord, sometimes there are women's bathrooms, sometimes they're used as a storage cupboard."
    "There's these little things that we can change to make people's lives better and less uncomfortable."
    "We just expect them to plow on like workhorses and get things done. There's no flexibility in the workforce."
    "In order to make any change, it has to be everyone.”
    "The best times of my life I've had are on site."
    "Every little thing that I do, everything that I get invited to, absolutely blows my mind every single time."
    "It's about people. I love people, and I love getting different people in from different areas of the industry to tell their stories because that's the best way to sell the industry."
    As always, thank you to our good friends over at Komatsu for sponsoring this podcast: https://www.komatsu.com/
    Links:

    Taylor White on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-white-9881a5170/?originalSubdomain=ca


    To see highlights from the 2023 show, go to: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-experience/show-highlights


    Komatsu: https://www.komatsu.com/


    Katie Cranes: https://katiecranes.com/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Camilla-Jean ,

Straight from the hero’s that make it happen

I live the stories and insights coming from the actual hero’s out there building infrastructure jobs businesses and all the things that make construction so great. Thanks for the work you do! Keep it up!

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Let’s get chandler from Nevada on here 👍

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