This is Concrete, a podcast where we speak with the people whose work revolves around concrete and coatings.
The Benefits of Subcontractor Associations
Ike Casey is the Executive Director of the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington (ASAMW). This organization focuses exclusively on business issues affecting all subcontractors and specialty trade contractors — both union and non-union firms — from nearly every trade specialty.
Ike has over 20 years of leadership experience, spearheading organization-wide initiatives to grow membership, increase customer satisfaction, and achieve a company’s vision. Before ASAMW, Ike was the Executive Vice President for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association and for Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
In this episode… How can subcontractors stay up to date on the industry and steer clear of consequential mistakes?
The answer is associations. Ike Casey breaks down the benefits of associations into four categories: advocacy, education, information, and recognition. Associations not only provide the necessary resources and networks to help workers in the industry thrive, but they also advocate for workers, ensuring that fair policies are in place on both the local and national levels. Tune in as Ike shares everything you need to know about the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington (ASAMW).
In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill talks with Ike Casey, Executive Director of the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington (ASAMW). Ike shares why associations are important for business, why subcontractors need to review clauses and contracts carefully, and the specific issues the ASAMW is focusing on this year.
Why Every Contractor Needs To Invest in Technology
Phillip Ogilby is a contractor-turned-serial entrepreneur. He’s the Co-founder and CEO of STACK Construction Technologies, an all-in-one cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating software.
In 1984, Phillip started his first construction contracting company. After witnessing the challenges of managing people, equipment, materials, and an ever-changing bid schedule, he decided to create a solution. In 2008, Phillip created STACK, and the company continues to serve thousands of users worldwide.
In this episode… There’s a surprisingly high failure rate in the construction industry. If you start today, there’s only a 35% chance of staying in business. But why is it so difficult to sustain success in this industry, and what can you do about it?
Many companies are still using the antiquated paper and pencil method to operate. According to Phillip Ogilby, this failure to adopt new technology is one of the top reasons why businesses don’t make it. But investing in technology won’t just help your business survive — it will help your business thrive for years to come.
In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill sits down with Phillip Ogilby, Co-founder and CEO of STACK Construction Technologies, to talk about how contractors can make an impact on their business. Phillip discusses the benefits of estimating technology, how contractors can customize their processes, and the growing trends within the industry.
Finding the Right Protective Treatments for Your Project
Nick Savage is a Business Unit Leader for the Concrete Flooring Group at PROSOCO, a company that provides specialty construction chemicals to make buildings look better and last longer. Nick has been with PROSOCO for over 12 years, starting as a Concrete Products Groups Specialist and working his way up. He previously worked in sales and account management at SASE, Transwestern Publishing, and ADT.
In this episode… With so many different sealers and protective treatments on the market, how can you determine what’s best for your project?
Nick Savage is here to break it all down for you. He describes the different varieties of guards, how penetrating sealers compare, and the benefits of each specific protective treatment. Nick says that ultimately, determining the right treatment for your job depends on your environment, contractor, spec writer, and regulations. However, it’s important to fully understand all of the options available to you.
In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill talks with Nick Savage, Business Unit Leader for the Concrete Flooring Group at PROSOCO, about the best protective treatments. Nick shares the unique benefits of LSGuards, Polish Guards, and penetrants, when to use each treatment, and the importance of floor maintenance.
Historic Renovations: Preserving the Stories of Extraordinary Buildings
Sarah McInerney is a Senior Project Manager at Walter Parks Architects, a company dedicated to creating buildings that support the continued growth of cities. Sarah has been with the company since 2003, combining her passion for historic buildings with extensive federal and state historic tax credit experience. Her design work honors and responds to existing spaces and communities while imagining exciting opportunities for new uses.
In this episode… In the construction industry, it can be cheaper, faster, and easier to build new. But when you opt for new development, you erase the history that lies within a landmark. So, how are renovators working to preserve the stories while putting old buildings to new use?
Every building has its own unique story. That’s why Sarah McInerney is so passionate about historic renovations. While she preserves the best qualities of original buildings, she also explores new opportunities for these old spaces. Updates to make the buildings safer, energy-efficient, and habitable bring life back into them — without sacrificing their rich histories.
In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill talks with Sarah McInerney, Senior Project Manager at Walter Parks Architects, about the process of preserving historic buildings. Sarah discusses the reasons behind historic preservation, how state and federal historic tax credit programs aid renovators, and the beauty of imperfect buildings.
The Fundamentals of Shot Blasting
Levi Smiley is the Product Marketing Manager for Blastrac and Diamatic brands at Husqvarna Construction Products. Previously, he was also an Equipment Application Specialist, Training Instructor, and Diamond Tooling Manager at Blastrac-Diamatic. Levi has almost 25 years of experience in the surface preparation industry and has a background in manufacturing, distribution, and contracting as a small business owner.
In this episode… The more prepared you are for a surface prep job, the more you can put accurate expectations in place — which creates a better experience for you and your clients. But how can you ensure that you’re fully prepared for your specific surface prep job?
This week, we’re talking with expert Levi Smiley to learn about the top strategies and insights into shot blasting. This method is great for quickly cleaning away tough debris and contaminants on a concrete floor, but not everyone knows how to shot blast the right way. That’s why Levi’s digging into the details and sharing best practices from method to machine to final product.
In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill is joined by Levi Smiley, Product Marketing Manager for Blastrac and Diamatic brands at Husqvarna Construction Products. Levi talks about when to use the shot blasting method, the equipment and people needed to succeed on the job, and what not to do when shot blasting.
Processing to the Next Level
Adi Klevit is the Founder and CEO of Business Success Consulting Group, an organization that provides businesses with the infrastructure, processes, and systems they need to thrive. Adi and her team help companies scale up, transfer knowledge, and prepare for succession. She has over 25 years of experience as a trained industrial engineer, management consultant, and business executive.
Chad Gill is the Founder and CEO of Concreate, a custom concrete flooring company that delivers polishing, staining, and more for both commercial and residential projects. The team at Concreate helps designers, architects, tradesmen, business owners, and homeowners transform plain concrete surfaces into clean, distinctive, and enduring masterpieces.
Before starting Concreate over a decade ago, Chad worked as a robotics and tooling design engineer. Outside of the office, he serves as the President of the Concrete Polishing Association of America and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
In this episode… Are you worried about what would happen to your business if a specific employee left? If so, there’s a crucial task you need to start right now: process documentation.
Documenting your processes allows you to efficiently onboard new employees, work collaboratively as a team, and sleep better at night knowing that losing some employees is not the end of your business. Plus, improving existing processes can help you gain both immediate and long-term returns.
In this episode of This is Concrete, Dr. Jeremy Weisz speaks with Host, Chad Gill, and the Founder and CEO of Business Success Consulting Group, Adi Klevit. Together, they discuss the benefits of process documentation, tips for documenting and improving processes at any stage of your business, and how documentation can take your company to the next level.
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