12 episodes

We interview national leaders in the architecture, engineering, construction, and development industry, in an effort to educate, innovate and inspire industry professionals to disrupt the status quo, improve their project teams and steward public & private investments more effectively.

Inspiring People & Places BJ Kraemer

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

We interview national leaders in the architecture, engineering, construction, and development industry, in an effort to educate, innovate and inspire industry professionals to disrupt the status quo, improve their project teams and steward public & private investments more effectively.

    Giving Transitioning Veterans a New Tribe, Purpose, and Voice in the AEC Industry with Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group

    Giving Transitioning Veterans a New Tribe, Purpose, and Voice in the AEC Industry with Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group

    In this episode, BJ interviews fellow West Point Graduate and Army Veteran Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small that provides general contracting and construction management services for commercial, healthcare, utility, and government clients throughout the eastern United States. Brian earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. After spending six and half years on active duty, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian spent time in the private sector before founding Valiant group in 2017, focusing on a relentless commitment to building a better homefront, community, and customer experience through a relentless commitment to customer development. Brian is unapologetic about his commitment to serving transitioning veterans, which fuels his team's passion for serving the AEC industry. This is an inspiring episode you don’t want to miss.

    Companies and organizations mentioned in this episode:

    The Valiant Group

    https://www.valiantgrouplink.com/

    The Outdoor Association of True Heroes (OATH)

    https://www.oathinc.org/

    Books Mentioned:

    Michael Thompson- The Heart of a Warrior: Before You Can Become the Warrior, You Must Become the Beloved Son
    https://amzn.to/3wgtwFK

    John C. Maxwell-The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential
    https://amzn.to/3znW0PY

    Patrick Lencioni- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
    https://amzn.to/3xgbHGK

    Jason B.A. Van Camp- Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
    https://amzn.to/3xjuEIT

    Gay Hendricks- The Big Leap
    https://amzn.to/3wsBawZ

    John C. Maxwell- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
    https://amzn.to/3wf1ZVf

    Geno Wickman- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business
    https://amzn.to/2Tft4sF

    Geno Wickman- What the Heck is EOS?: A Complete Guide for Employees in Companies Running on EOS
    https://amzn.to/2Tnhn3i

    Sebastian Junger- Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
    https://amzn.to/35agCgv

    Calls-to-action:

    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 57 min
    Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.2

    Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.2

    In part 2 to last week's episode of Inspiring People & Places, Producer and Marine Corps Veteran “IRON” Mike Steadman, continues his interview with MCFA President & CEO, BJ Kreamer to discuss the importance of cultivating an intentional company culture, the roadblocks of building out a trusted team, and the challenges of running a successful professional service firm in the AEC industry.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Og Mandino- The Greatest Salesman In The World
    Purchase here: https://amzn.to/3cg1KBo

    Robert T. Kiyosaki- Rich Dad Poor Dad
    Purchase here: https://amzn.to/3inAvbA

    Napoleon Hill- Think and Grow Rich
    Purchase here: https://amzn.to/3g7tGbE

    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 45 min
    Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.1.

    Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.1.

    In this episode, Inspiring People & Places Producer and Marine Corps Veteran “IRON” Mike Steadman, interviews MCFA President & CEO, BJ Kreamer, to shed some transparency on why he decided to start a podcast, his journey from the battlefield to MCFA, and the challenges of running a successful professional service firm in the AEC industry.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Dan Sullivan- Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

    Purchase here: https://amzn.to/3p0XFGo


    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 38 min
    Bringing Fun and Customer Service to the (AEC) Industry with Cristen Sheppard, MCFA’s Director of Marketing

    Bringing Fun and Customer Service to the (AEC) Industry with Cristen Sheppard, MCFA’s Director of Marketing

    In this episode, BJ sits down with MCFA’s Director of Marketing, Christen Sheppard. Christen shares her journey from college and working at a juice bar, to entering the A/E/C industry, where for the last six years she’s led MCFA’s marketing and customer service efforts.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    “Everything in moderation, including moderation”- Cristen’s Grandfather

    Patrick Lencioni- Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

    Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Naked-Business-Shedding-Sabotage/dp/0787976393/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=getting+naked&qid=1621614788&sr=8-1

    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 20 min
    Success Comes One Step at a Time with Mother of Two, Federal Planner, and Entrepreneur Jilian Breeden, Founder and President of Engage Federal LLC

    Success Comes One Step at a Time with Mother of Two, Federal Planner, and Entrepreneur Jilian Breeden, Founder and President of Engage Federal LLC

    In the following episode, BJ sits down with Jilian Breeden, the Founder and President of Engage Federal LLC (Engage), a woman-owned small business (WOSB) located in the Washington DC area specializing in data-driven, results-focused facilities planning services. Jilian has two decades of planning and programming experience, primarily supporting federal government clients, including DoD, GSA, DOT, NOAA, EPA, FBI, and AOC.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    “There’s no change in the comfort zone and no comfort in the change zone.” - Unknown

    “One step at a time, one day at a time, just today, just this day to get through.”- Linda Sue Park - A Long Walk to Water

    https://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Water-Based-Story/dp/0547577311/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=along+walk+to+water&qid=1621002241&sr=8-1

    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 49 min
    Lessons Learned from 35 Years in Project Development and Planning with Brian Pieplow, MCFA’s Chief Operations Officer

    Lessons Learned from 35 Years in Project Development and Planning with Brian Pieplow, MCFA’s Chief Operations Officer

    In the following episode, BJ sits down with MCFA’s Chief Operations Officer, Brian Pieplow. In addition to serving as the COO, Brian’s the Senior Program Manager and Principal Planner, responsible for leading a team of highly collaborative and innovative specialists in integrating resiliency in planning and design, and developing public-private ventures for aviation, transit, transportation, and military facilities and master planning projects. He brings over 35 years of diversified experience across the U.S. and internationally.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge

    Greg McKeown - Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    https://www.amazon.com/Essentialism-Disciplined-Pursuit-Greg-McKeown/dp/0804137382

    Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend!

    MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email!

    Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

cmott18 ,

Awesome listen

Love the pod. You can learn a lot from all the guests.

asic1995 ,

Thought provoking and stimulating!

Absolutely can not wait for more episodes to be released! The flow, format and content of all of the episodes has been amazing to listen to and worth the time. Ok if you ever wanted to peek behind the curtain of the AEC world, this is the best I’ve found.

beachtofarm ,

Love the energy !

BJ, You certainly deliver on inspiring people! Love the podcast and look forward to hearing more.

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