44 episodes

The CM Mentors Podcast is an informative, entertaining, and interactive experience for construction managers by construction managers.

Each week, Matt Graves of Construction Yeti and Kyle Grandell of Dell Management have an Industry Expert Guest and have a conversation about a construction project management-specific topic and career guidance.

While the target audience is Entry to Mid-level construction professionals, the conversations hold value for every experience level.

The format is split between a normal Podcast discussion with the guest, Kyle, & Matt, and an open Q&A with the Live Audience.

For more information on the podcast, the upcoming guest recording schedule, learn how to be in the Live Audience/ Q&A, and subscribe to the Construction Curiosities Newsletter head to:
https://constructionyeti.substack.com/

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The CM Mentors Podcast Matt Graves & Kyle Grandell

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

The CM Mentors Podcast is an informative, entertaining, and interactive experience for construction managers by construction managers.

Each week, Matt Graves of Construction Yeti and Kyle Grandell of Dell Management have an Industry Expert Guest and have a conversation about a construction project management-specific topic and career guidance.

While the target audience is Entry to Mid-level construction professionals, the conversations hold value for every experience level.

The format is split between a normal Podcast discussion with the guest, Kyle, & Matt, and an open Q&A with the Live Audience.

For more information on the podcast, the upcoming guest recording schedule, learn how to be in the Live Audience/ Q&A, and subscribe to the Construction Curiosities Newsletter head to:
https://constructionyeti.substack.com/

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    Matt & Kyle Catchup and Season 2 (so far) Recap

    Matt & Kyle Catchup and Season 2 (so far) Recap

    Episode Summary:
    In this special episode of the CM Mentors podcast, hosts Matt Graves and Kyle Grandell take a break from their usual guest interviews to catch up on the latest happenings in their lives, discuss the progress of the season so far, and share insights on current trends and topics in the construction industry. This candid and relaxed conversation gives listeners a chance to hear the hosts' perspectives on both personal and professional fronts.
    Key Topics Discussed:
    Current Job Sites:
    * Matt's long-term, phased project with multiple parts and steady progress.
    * Kyle's recent move to Rockford, Illinois, and ongoing work on a large pet food plant in Indiana
    Season Highlights:
    * Reflections on guests like Alex and Gloria, highlighting their career transitions into construction and entrepreneurial journeys.
    * Recurring themes and new insights from various episodes, including estimating, cost management, and business ownership.
    Industry Optimism:
    * Positive outlook from guests despite industry challenges.
    * Debate on whether the optimism reflects a broader industry trend or selective guest experiences.
    Business and Technology:
    * New technologies and processes at Dell Management, including AI for social media and 360-degree imagery for project documentation.
    * Interest in emerging technologies like automated surveying robots from SuperDroid Robots.
    Challenges and Trends:
    * Economic and political factors influencing project funding and timelines.
    * The impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the gradual return to normalcy.
    Future Plans and Excitement:
    * Anticipation for delayed projects to kick off.
    * Emphasis on business development and new opportunities in the second half of the year.
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    Call to Action:
    Don't forget to follow the CM Mentors podcast on LinkedIn, YouTube, Spotify, Streamyard, and other platforms. If you have suggestions for topics or guests, or if you want to be a guest yourself, reach out to Matt and Kyle via LinkedIn or email. Your feedback and participation are highly valued!
    Thank you for listening and stay tuned for more exciting episodes and insightful conversations in the construction industry.
    Connect with Matt:
    * Email: matt@constructionyeti.com
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-graves-pmp/
    Connect with Kyle:
    * Email: kyle@dellmanagement.com
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-grandell/

    This episode is sponsored by AltCMO, the go-to fractional CMO agency specializing in the construction industry. For Senior Level, Executive Marketing Strategy and Delivery, reach out to AltCMO and benefit from their extensive experience and growing team.



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    • 28 min
    Mastering Change Orders with Patrick Reiser

    Mastering Change Orders with Patrick Reiser

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode of CM Mentors, Matt Graves and Kyle Grandell welcome Patrick Reiser, Principal of Reiser Cost Consultants (RCC). Patrick delves into his extensive experience in commercial real estate, emphasizing the critical role of proactive cost control measures in construction projects. He highlights the importance of fair and equitable solutions for both owners and contractors, providing insights into change management, cost validation, and the intricacies of estimating. Patrick also shares his journey from various roles in the industry to starting his own consulting firm.
    Key Topics Discussed:
    Patrick Reiser’s Background:
    * Transition from residential building component supplier to general contractor and owner-side roles.
    * Launching Reiser Cost Consultants in February 2024.
    Proactive Cost Control:
    * Importance of early involvement in projects for effective cost control.
    * Balancing the financial interests of owners and the cash flow needs of trades.
    Change Order Management:
    * Detailed breakdown of tasks and costs to ensure transparency.
    * Avoiding the common pitfall of simply stating "this seems high" without factual basis.
    * Emphasis on agreement over scope before discussing pricing.
    Estimating and Cost Validation:
    * Handling indirect labor and means and methods in cost estimation.
    * The impact of material price fluctuations and labor cost increases on project budgets.
    Effective Communication:
    * Strategies for navigating contentious discussions about change orders.
    * Importance of clear, detailed, and logical explanations in cost-related conversations.
    Industry Trends and Challenges:
    * Variability in subcontractor approaches to indirect labor costs.
    * The necessity of flexible yet grounded contract language regarding change orders.
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    About Patrick Reiser:
    Patrick Reiser is the Principal at Reiser Cost Consultants, leveraging his extensive experience from both the owner and contractor sides to provide equitable solutions in construction projects. Skilled in negotiation, mediation, cost validation, estimating, and constructability, Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. He has held various roles in the construction industry, including Director of Construction Support at Axias, Inc., Senior Cost Manager, and Construction Manager at Carr Properties. Patrick is also a speaker at industry conferences, sharing his expertise in change management and cost control.
    Connect with Patrick Reiser:
    * Website: https://reisercc.com/
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickreiser/ 
    This episode is sponsored by AltCMO, the go-to fractional CMO agency specializing in the construction industry. For marketing support, reach out to AltCMO and benefit from their extensive experience and growing team.
    Don’t forget to like, follow, and share the podcast. If you have any questions for Patrick or topics you’d like us to cover, feel free to reach out. Thank you for listening!


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    • 53 min
    Mentorship and Mastery: Building Strong Project Teams with C1S Group’s Cameron Smith

    Mentorship and Mastery: Building Strong Project Teams with C1S Group’s Cameron Smith

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, we welcome Cameron Smith, Senior Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager at C1S Group. Cameron shares his journey from civil engineering at UT Austin to managing complex design-build projects at C1S. He delves into the intricacies of the food and beverage industry, the challenges of working with manufacturing clients, and the importance of effective project management and mentorship.
    Key Topics Discussed:
    Introduction and Background: Cameron discusses his education in civil engineering and how he transitioned into construction project management, eventually joining C1S Group.
    Role at C1S Group: Cameron explains his responsibilities in preconstruction, problem-solving for clients, and delivering design-build solutions. He highlights the collaborative nature of his work and the importance of client communication.
    Challenges in Manufacturing Projects:
    * The complexity of coordinating projects with minimal downtime.
    * The importance of meticulous planning and the “Navy SEAL” mentality during strategic shutdowns.
    * Managing client expectations and navigating procurement challenges.
    Mentorship and Team Development: Cameron emphasizes the value of mentoring young professionals, providing them with hands-on experience and fostering a culture of high trust and accountability.
    Industry Trends and Remote Work: Discussion on the impact of remote work post-COVID, efficient time management, and maintaining effective communication in a hybrid work environment.
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    About Cameron Smith:
    Cameron Smith is the Senior Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager at C1S Group, where he leads a team that transforms client ideas into actionable design-build solutions. With a background in civil engineering from UT Austin, Cameron has a knack for problem-solving and client communication.
    He specializes in managing complex projects in the food and beverage industry, ensuring minimal downtime and maximum efficiency. Cameron is also passionate about mentoring young professionals, helping them navigate the construction industry and develop their skills.
    Connect with Cameron Smoth:
    • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-smith-30918154/ 
    • Website: https://c1sinc.com/ 
    Join us for an insightful conversation with Cameron Smith as he shares his expertise in the design-build sector and the importance of mentorship in the construction industry!


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    • 54 min
    The Art of Turning Big Ideas into Action with GloJoy Co's Gloria Fuentes

    The Art of Turning Big Ideas into Action with GloJoy Co's Gloria Fuentes

    Episode Summary:
    In this exciting episode of CM Mentors, we welcome Gloria Marie Fuentes, also known as Gigi, founder of GloJoy Construction. Gloria brings a wealth of experience from the Greater Tri-State area and shares her vision of a better way to approach construction projects. Tune in to hear her insights on building a client-focused, full-service construction agency, and her journey from working in Fortune 500 companies to establishing her own successful business.
    Key Topics Discussed:
    Guest Introduction: Gloria Marie Fuentes shares her background, highlighting her experience in the construction and real estate industries, and her passion for creating a better client experience through GloJoy Construction.
    Career Journey and Industry Insights:
    * Transition from working in NYC construction projects to founding GloJoy.
    * Vision behind GloJoy: a boutique construction agency focused on collaborative strategies and attentive project execution.
    * Combining a rich family legacy in the Caribbean business world with professional experience in Fortune 500 companies.
    Challenges and Successes:
    * The complexity of managing projects in the Greater Tri-State area.
    * Importance of a trusted network of experts, artisans, and partners.
    * Overcoming challenges in design, permitting, contractor management, and more.
    Future Goals and Vision: Gloria emphasizes the importance of thinking big and turning ideas into action, ensuring that GloJoy continues to exceed client expectations and achieve excellence in all projects.
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    About Gloria Marie Fuentes (Gigi):
    Gloria Marie Fuentes, affectionately known as Gigi, is the visionary founder of GloJoy Construction. With a rich background as a third-generation entrepreneur and extensive experience in real estate and construction, Gloria has successfully merged her family’s 30+ years of business acumen in the Caribbean with her professional expertise from Fortune 500 companies. At GloJoy, she focuses on delivering a superior client experience through smart strategies, detailed project execution, and thoughtful service. Gloria’s passion for excellence and innovation makes her a standout leader in the industry. Connect with her to see how GloJoy can bring your construction dreams to life.
    Connect with Gloria Marie Fuentes:
    • Email: gloria@glojoy.co
    • Website: glojoy.co 
    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Gloria Marie Fuentes as she shares her journey and the innovative approaches of GloJoy Construction! 


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    • 53 min
    From Stay-at-Home Mom to the Construction Business Owner

    From Stay-at-Home Mom to the Construction Business Owner

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, we welcome Alexandra McMyler, CEO of Archer Specialties and Business Development Director at Sirius Building Company. Alexandra shares her unique journey from a rugby player and stay-at-home mom to a dynamic leader in the construction industry. Her story highlights the value of building relationships and embracing challenges in both personal and professional growth.
    Key Topics Discussed:
    Introduction to Season 2: Hosts share excitement about the new season and their team, with shoutouts to the Dell management team and this week's show sponsor, Alt CMO.
    Guest Introduction: Alexandra McMyler discusses her roles at Archer Specialties and Sirius Building Company, emphasizing her passion for the construction industry and her journey from an admin to CEO.
    Career Path and Industry Insights:
    * Transition from rugby and stay-at-home mom to the construction industry in 2020.
    * Learning and growing from administrative roles to business development.
    * Founding Archer Specialties due to a market need for reliable subcontractors in Division 10 commercial accessories.
    Challenges and Achievements:
    * Balancing roles as CEO and Business Development Director.
    * The importance of relationships and customer service in business success.
    * Navigating industry challenges like material financing and scheduling.
    Women in Construction: Alexandra's involvement in various women-centric construction groups and the importance of networking and support among women in the industry.
    Future Goals: Excitement about growth opportunities for Archer Specialties, hiring a project manager, and focusing on business development.
    Watch the interview on YouTube:
    About Alexandra McMyler:
    Alexandra McMyler is the dynamic CEO of Archer Specialties and the Business Development Director at Sirius Building Company. A proud Texas Aggie and former rugby player, Alexandra discovered her passion for the construction industry in 2020. With a knack for building relationships and thriving in high-energy environments, she quickly transitioned from admin roles to leadership positions. At Archer
    Specialties, she brings style and functionality to Division 10 commercial accessories, ensuring smooth installations and happy clients. Known as the "Latrine Queen," Alexandra is always on the lookout for exciting ventures and collaborations. Connect with her to explore new opportunities and witness her unstoppable energy in action!
    Connect with Alexandra McMyler:
    Email: Alexandra@ArcherSpecialties.com
    Website: https://archerspecialties.com/
    Instagram: @archer.specialties


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    • 43 min
    Construction Genius

    Construction Genius

    In Episode 38 of The CM Mentors Podcast, Matt Graves and Kyle Grandell chat with Eric Anderton, Founder of Construction Genius.
    Topics Include:
    * Favorite Sports
    * Making the Shift from Leading Projects to Leading Companies
    * The “E.A.R.” Framework for Communication
    * How to Teach Someone what you know Instinctually
    * Construction Genius the Book
    * How to Run a “Kick-Ass” Meeting
    * How to Lead the “Older” Generation
    * How to Lead your Old Peers After a Promotion
    * Top Skills to Develop Early in your Career
    * What is “Good Enough” and Who Defines it?
    * Advice for the Next Generation

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    About Eric:
    Eric Anderton teaches construction executives how to tackle the biggest challenge they face when they get promoted into leadership roles: shifting from project management to leading teams of people. Eric began working with construction companies in 2004 and founded his own company—Construction Genius—in 2013.
    His background includes over 25 years of public speaking, small group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring experience.
    In addition to working with his clients that range from $25m-$1B+ in annual revenue, he is also the host of the top-rated podcast: Construction Genius
    And the bestselling book: Construction Genius: Effective, Hands-On, Practical, Simple, No-BS Leadership, Strategy, Sales, and Marketing Advice for Construction Companies
    When not helping his clients be better leaders, Eric likes spending time with family, deadlifting, reading, and attempting to play guitar.
    To Connect with Eric:
    https://www.constructiongenius.com/contact
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andertoneric/
    Podcast: https://www.constructiongenius.com/podcast/
    Book: Construction Genius: Effective, Hands-On, Practical, Simple, No-BS Leadership, Strategy, Sales, and Marketing Advice for Construction Companies: https://amzn.to/3FynRkF





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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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Great podcast for the young professional in Construction

I’ve really enjoyed listening to the podcast on my commute home. The guests and hosts have a lot of great career insights in the construction.

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