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Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

Discover how you can generate more leads, sign more contracts and increase your margins while delivering a better experience for your clients.

We interview professional builders across 5 countries, host industry authorities as special guests and break down proven strategies with the coaching team at the Association of Professional Builders.

Enjoy new episodes every week.

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Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

Discover how you can generate more leads, sign more contracts and increase your margins while delivering a better experience for your clients.

We interview professional builders across 5 countries, host industry authorities as special guests and break down proven strategies with the coaching team at the Association of Professional Builders.

Enjoy new episodes every week.

    6. Growing A Building Company With Robert Carroll

    6. Growing A Building Company With Robert Carroll

    In episode six of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Robert Carroll, owner of Carroll Constructions based in Louisiana, United States. Throughout this episode, Robert shares his journey on growing his building company.



    Carroll Construction is a family owned residential construction company serving the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes since 1992. In 2007, Robert joined the team and is now a Co-owner and full time builder/remodeler.



    With a degree in Construction Management from Louisiana State University, Robert brought new ideas to the company for energy efficiency and aging-in-place principles. Additionally he has made it possible for Carroll Construction to offer a personalised website for each of their customers that helps track the progress of construction.



    Tune in to the episode to hear Robert share the key milestones for Carroll Constructions and uncover tips for other builders who are on their journey to success.



    ABOUT ROBERT CARROLL



    Robert is a Co-owner of Carroll Constructions. In December, 2019, Robert received the Builder of the Year Award from the Louisiana Home Builders Association, the premiere organisation for the construction industry in the state.



    Connect with Robert: linkedin.com/in/edwardcarrollconstruction





    TIMELINE


    1:03 About Robert and Carroll Construction.
    2:00 How Robert got into construction.
    4:09 Robert’s initial struggles.
    7:11 Robert’s ‘ah-ha' moments.
    11:55 Robert's transformation.
    15:16 Robert’s journey with APB.
    17:58 Running a building company: Robert’s loves and hates.
    24:57 Robert’s company today and in the future.
    29:29 Why builders have to niche their company’s.
    34:21 Robert’s advice to his younger self and other builders.
    35:43 Robert’s perspective: The future of residential construction.
    40:50 What success looks like to Robert.





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Carroll Constructions Website: besthomeinthesouth.com



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 46 min
    5. Five Things Every Building Company Must Have With Andy Skarda

    5. Five Things Every Building Company Must Have With Andy Skarda

    In episode five of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Head Coach at the Association of Professional Builders, Andy Skarda . Throughout this episode, Andy shares the five things that every successful building company must have.



    Andy is an ex-attorney/solicitor who made the transition from law into business over 30 years ago. Throughout his career he has owned and led businesses in South Africa, the United States, South-East Asia and Australia. During this time Andy learnt the secrets to building and running businesses effectively and profitably, which transitioned him into his coaching career.



    In this episode of the podcast, Andy reveals the five fundamental principles for a building company and why 80% of building companies fail within their first five years of operating. Andy also shares some key insights into the risks that builders are currently facing and what is expected to come for the industry.



    Tune in to the full episode to hear Andy's story and exactly how you can prepare for the future as a builder.



    ABOUT ANDY SKARDA



    Head Coach at the Association of Professional Builders, Andy specialises in helping business owners in the building industry identify and implement the skills and systems they need to be successful, without needing to go back to school. Or more importantly, without going bust.



    Connect with Andy: linkedin.com/in/andy-skarda-92a6875



    TIMELINE


    1:59 Andy’s background.
    6:33 What coaching is to Andy.
    10:22 State of the industry today.
    14:53 Why builders need to have financial awareness.
    15:50 How coaching helps builders.
    17:24 Why 80% of building companies fail in their first five years.
    19:32 Five (+1) fundamentals for a building company.
    21:49 APB Membership vs APB Mentoring.
    24:14 Challenges that builders face.
    27:29 Risks builders need to pay attention to.
    33:28 Preparing builders for the future.
    36:55 Andy’s advice to builders.





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 38 min
    4. Creating Buildertrend With Dan Houghton

    4. Creating Buildertrend With Dan Houghton

    In this episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Dan Houghton, CEO and Co-founder of Buildertrend. Dan shares the history of how Buildertend started and how the software they created continues to help thousands of builders worldwide.



    Buildertrend is based in Nebraska, United States, and has over 400 full-time employees. The company offers cloud-based software for builders who can log into a desktop and/or mobile app to access nearly 30 core features that help them better manage their construction businesses in the field, from the office or from home.



    The construction management software provides real-time 24/7 access to construction scheduling, change orders, documents, photos, warranty management, home buyer selections, and much more.



    Tune in to the full episode to hear Dan share his story and offer advice to other builders to be better prepared for the future of construction technology.



    ABOUT DAN HOUGHTON



    Dan Houghton co-founded Buildertrend in 2006 and now, as the CEO, he oversees Sales, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, HR and Culture. Dan is credited for leading Buildertrend’s expansion in the global market. Buildertrend now has more than 1 million users worldwide.



    Connect with Dan: linkedin.com/in/danhoughtonbt





    TIMELINE


    1:00 How Buildertrend was born.
    9:41 Smart tech in the construction industry.
    11:25 Buildertrend’s international expansion.
    13:12 Buildertrend’s innovation.
    17:19 Small business growing pains.
    21:16 The future of Buildertrend.
    25:12 How automation is changing residential construction.
    27:04 Builders risks and weaknesses.
    30:20 How Buildertrend helps builders.
    35:29 Dan’s advice to builders.





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Buildertrend Website: buildertrend.com





    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 37 min
    3. The One Figure That Could Destroy Your Building Company with Russ, Sky & Andy

    3. The One Figure That Could Destroy Your Building Company with Russ, Sky & Andy

    In this episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio reveal the one figure that could destroy your building company.



    The Association of Professional Builders is a business coaching company that helps residential home builders across the globe systemise their building companies. Specialised coaching on sales, marketing, financials, business operations and even personal development in order to operate a true professional building company.



    During episode three of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, Russ, Sky and Andy reveal the shocking truth behind why so many building companies fail due to not understanding the true state of their finances.



    Unfortunately, too many builders leave it up to their accountants who often miscalculate the most important number in a builders financial reporting, leaving a cancer growing inside their building company.



    Tune into the full episode to hear the APB trio uncover the secrets behind Work in Progress and the accounting adjustment figure that could save your building company.



    ABOUT RUSS STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Russ is a data analysis expert who has introduced data-driven decision making to the residential construction industry. Russ is also a proud member of the Forbes Business Development Council.



    Connect with Russ: linkedin.com/in/russstephens



    ABOUT SKY STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Sky specialises in taking complex business strategies and converting them into actionable step-by-step guides for building company owners. Sky is also a proud member of The National Association of Women in Construction and the Top 100 Women in the broader construction sector.



    Connect with Sky: linkedin.com/in/skycheristephens



    ABOUT ANDY SKARDA



    Head Coach at the Association of Professional Builders, Andy specialises in helping business owners in the building industry identify and implement the skills and systems they need to be successful, without needing to go back to school. Or more importantly, without going bust.



    Connect with Andy: linkedin.com/in/andy-skarda-92a6875/



    TIMELINE


    1:00 The biggest financial problem facing builders.
    4:00 The role of accountants.
    6:10 Why do accountants miscalculate the work in progress (WIP) figure?
    9:20 Builder’s reactions after learning about WIP.
    14:00 The Work In Progress Accounting Adjustment (WIPAA) figure explained.
    15:20 Why most building companies go bust.
    21:00 Where did the knowledge gap originate from?
    28:20 Key areas of focus in implementation of WIPAA as a head coach.
    31:00 The difference between WIP and WIPAA.
    34:00 The biggest single change in a builder’s life.
    44:00 The industry benchmarks for markup vs margin.





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Free Download: How To Calculate Work In Progress: go.associationofprofessionalbuilders.com/work-in-progress



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram

    • 46 min
    2. The Truth Behind Growing A Building Company With Tye Alroe

    2. The Truth Behind Growing A Building Company With Tye Alroe

    In the second episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Tye Aloe, owner of Alroe Constructions based in Queensland, Australia. Throughout this episode Tye shares his journey as a builder and the secrets that led to his success today.



    Alroe Constructions has been operating since 2012 and constructs boutique projects along the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay in Australia. Tye’s building company is on track to hit $60million in revenue in 2021 but his road to success wasn’t a smooth one.



    Hear from Tye as he shares how he got into the construction industry, the struggles and challenges he has encountered along the way and how joining the Association of Professional Builders has impacted the transformation of his building company.



    Tune in to the full episode to hear Tye share his story and offer advice to other builders who want to follow Tye’s path to success.



    ABOUT TYE ALROE



    Founder and Director of Alroe Constructions, Tye has a qualification in building and carpentry and has built his company from the ground up. Tye has been operating Alroe Constructions in Queensland, Australia since 2012.



    Connect with Tye: linkedin.com/in/tye-alroe-308a59121



    TIMELINE


    1:05 About Tye and Alroe Constructions.
    5:25 The struggles Tye faced when first starting out.
    10:49 What the industry was lacking when Tye first started out.
    11:43 Why Tye joined APB.
    15:12 Tye’s transformation.
    28:32 Tye’s perspective: Pressures builders are facing today.
    31:46 Tye’s advice to younger self & other builders.





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Alroe Constructions Website: alroeconstructions.com.au





    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 34 min
    1. What Is The Association of Professional Builders?

    1. What Is The Association of Professional Builders?

    In the inaugural episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by the Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders, Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens. Together, Russ & Sky share the journey of creating APB and exactly what the association does for builders.



    The Association of Professional Builders is a business coaching company that helps residential home builders across the globe systemise their building companies. Specialised coaching on sales, marketing, financials, business operations and even personal development in order to operate a true professional building company.



    From selling construction software to building a marketing agency and launching sales training, Russ and Sky have been on quite the journey before finally launching the Association of Professional Builders in 2014. Since then they’ve been transforming residential building companies into professional building companies with the ready-made systems that generate more leads, more sales and higher margins.



    Tune in to the full episode to hear the APB story and exactly how they are improving the construction industry for both builders and consumers.



    ABOUT RUSS STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Russ is a data analysis expert who has introduced data-driven decision making to the residential construction industry. Russ is also a proud member of the Forbes Business Development Council.



    Connect with Russ: linkedin.com/in/russstephens



    ABOUT SKY STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Sky specialises in taking complex business strategies and converting them into actionable step-by-step guides for building company owners. Sky is also a proud member of The National Association of Women in Construction and the Top 100 Women in the broader construction sector.



    Connect with Sky: linkedin.com/in/skycheristephens



    TIMELINE


    1:03 What is the APB?
    1:52 How APB was born.
    6:35 The biggest gap in the construction industry.
    8:16 Who are members of APB?
    16:56 Why generic business coaches are dangerous.
    25:16 Transformations.
    27:31 Professional builders vs average builders.
    29:56 What's the future of APB and the construction industry?





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 32 min

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