David Procida, known as Dave to many, is the founder of Adicorp Construction Services and with over 40 years of experience in the industry offers clients hands-on guidance to several key areas impacting business growth and direction. Join Dave every week while he interviews other Industry Leaders in Commercial Construction, gives helpful business tips and insight, and has some fun along the way. Time to Elevate the Industry.
Special Interview with Landon Royals
34:19Landon Royals, like many entrepreneurs, enjoyed his business, his people, his clients and his lifestyle. What he didn’t have was a plan that allowed him to get the money out of his business while remaining a vital part of its future. All that changed when he decided to “explore options” that would allow him to achieve his goals for him and his family. The interview does a deep dive into the process of selling his business. Landon opens up about his initial concerns regarding the impact of the sale of his business on his employees, clients and eventual legacy. He discusses the sales process and life after for him as he is ready to “re-up” after over 2 years of working for the new owner. He describes how Larry Regan, a principal at Source One Business Services, prepared his financials that maximized the valuation of the business. Everyone who sells a business typically does it once. Landon admits he knows how to build a business but had no experience on how to sell one. He describes how Adicorp found and introduced the buyer and helped pave his path to a very challenging and fruitful future as the former owner of the business. Whether you’re considering selling your business, thinking about preparing to sell, wondering about a viable exit plan or just interested in hearing his story, you will enjoy this interview.
The “Best of” Commercial Construction, Elevate the Industry
1:43:04As the finale for Season 3, Dave decided to compile excerpts of interviews and solo efforts during the first 3 seasons into a single episode, the “Best of”. These clips embody the main reason behind the podcast; “to enlighten everyone from the owner to intern, through interviews of industry leaders and solo efforts about all aspects of the business, so you can make the best decision about where you want to go in the industry and how to get there”. Dave hopes you enjoy this episode and are inspired to revisit some of the full episodes and listen to the ones you may have missed.Dave send thanks to everyone who contributed to the over 40 episodes and helped make it so special to so many. He intends to do another “Best of” next season as there is so much good content to be shared.As always, please rate, review and comment on the podcast. Visit Dave’s website at www.adicorp.com and leave a message.THANK YOU!
Interview With Pastor Dan Crow
1:24:35The interview with Pastor Dan Crow is a major deviation from our typical business podcast. We talk about everything from heaven, hell, and redemption to poverty and the Church’s role in it. During the intro, I mention that it’s more of a life issue and it is a risk mixing things like religion with a business podcast. I’m doing it to see if it makes sense to continue on a broader, more life-based podcast. Dan Crow answers very difficult questions and I must say, he does a great job and I think you’ll be intrigued. Maybe you have struggled with religion over the years, maybe not… Either way, listen to it with an open mind and let me know what you think.
Common Questions and Concerns in Commercial Construction
28:34As he did in Season 1 and 2, Dave caps off this season by answering many common questions and concerns about the commercial construction industry. The answers are consistent with his podcast series and daily interactions in the business. These questions are relevant to everyone in the industry, from owner to intern, and can serve as a guide on how to move forward in the business. Dave answers these questions with both passion and realism, mostly from his personal experience. This is a great episode for all in commercial construction and will help you understand the issues and challenges faced while navigating the industry.
Interview with Charbel Tagher, Co-Founder, President of Specified Technologies, Inc.
1:19:30Charbel has evolved STI into a leading company that provides passive fire protection in commercial buildings throughout the world. You may not see it but there are products making up tested systems built into the building that are designed to keep smoke and fire “compartmentalized” for a specific period. STI focuses on only firestop and has by far the most tested systems in the industry. Charbel explains how his company has realized, often through catastrophic events, just how important that “Life Safety” issues is. Subsequently, his company has dedicated itself to keeping both people and property safe.Charbel tells his story, which is both interesting and inspiring. From his roots overseas, he discusses the role of his parents – an amazing story – and how it helped shape him from his early days to now. He offers “fatherly advice” when asking “do you want to be the person in the cubicle, or the person running those people”, all in a very candid way. He describes how one’s goal relates to their basic happiness.Lastly, he describes how he developed STI, called by many, “A Company with a Soul”. This is a truly inspiring interview with a unique entrepreneur. For owners, you can learn about building a successful, sustainable culture, one that is invigorating to all that work there. For everyone else, where can you get to know the story behind Charbel and STI? Listen to this podcast…
Interview with Brian Gibbons, CEO of Greenberg Gibbons Commercial
49:53Dave has been after Brian now for two years for this interview because he knew it would be special. Brian, the driving force behind the extremely successful development company, opens up about the many challenges and successes he has encountered for more than 25 years in business. Brian explains how he got into the business and shaped it into a “brick and mortar” giant in a time when online shopping seems to be the future for most retailers. He explains how his business works and the impact of financing. He believes that because of Covid 19, the industry will be stronger for local shopping malls affiliated with a residential lifestyle. Brian talks about his former partner, the opportunity he was presented with and the things that he learned most from him.Brian has never forgotten where he came from and attributes much of his success to his parents and siblings. The backdrop of this is that Brian is “grounded”, a devoted husband, father of six and a long-time friend to many when others attaining his level of commercial success often lose themselves. He is the real deal.For all you owners out there, and for everyone else striving to make your mark in whatever you do, this interview is something you don’t want to miss.
Building a Better You
25:23In this seriously introspective solo effort, Dave compares the ways and reasons structures are built with building the best version of oneself. This is, after all a construction podcast and the parallels are amazing. Dave begins the episode by assuring the listeners that he is a “work in progress” and has many of the same questions and struggles everyone does. His role here is to simply pose the right questions and offer some perspective that may be helpful to the listeners.He walks you through phases of building a structure including design, strength, the need for a team and experience within the industry and compares it to how we “build ourselves”. Dave poses the big question, “Are you built with a purpose, or do you take it as it comes”. At the end of the episode, Dave shares a very personal moment, about the person he admires the most. You will not want to miss this.For everyone who wants to improve as a person by building a better you, this is a special podcast for you.
Interview with Brian Perlberg, Esq., Associated General Contractors Senior Counsel and Executive Director of ConsensusDocs:
49:23Brian, a nationally recognized construction attorney and association executive, is a perfect fit for our audience. He understands the nuances of the legal and practical side of being in the construction business and explains them in a way that is both understandable and usable.Brian discusses the first thing every manager should do when getting a contract and he calls it “RTFC”… he details the basic issues subcontractors face in the litigious society we live in. He talks about how different project delivery methods as well as increasing technology impact risk. Brian details certain “showstopper” and defines “Force Majeure” and its place in the industry today. Brian also offers his perspective as the Executive Director of ConsensusDocs, a revolutionary way to review contracts and how to use it. Whether you’re an owner, executive, manager or intern, this is a very informative interview on the legal side of our industry. I know I was smarter after it and know you will be too!
Interview with Virginia and Scott Cameron of the Cameron Group
43:57Virginia (Ginny) is the CEO and Scott; her son is the President of the Cameron Group. The Cameron Group of companies is a specialty contractor providing everything from insulation in residential homes to insulation, firestop and rainscreen systems in commercial buildings. The company was started in 1907, yes that’s right, 1907, over 121 years ago. Ginny represents the 3rd generation and Scott is the 4th. It’s inspiring to hear how Ginny grew in the business, starting at the bottom counting inventory and how that influenced Scott’s entry into the business. Ginny describes it as a good, honest business. Scott talks about his respect for the installers and the staff in general. They couldn’t be more sincere.You will hear why they are successful in a family business and how they work together and the sacrifices they have made to continue to build a successful business. They discuss why they continue to accept risk with new ventures, and it all makes sense.For owners, you will hear what makes them successful, evolving through four generations when the likelihood for success in generation two is small. From the perspective of all others, you will hear their story and be inspired to be better at whatever you want to do!
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
26:09In this solo episode, Dave discusses the benefits and challenges faced when getting out of one’s comfort zone. It’s defined as “A place where you feel comfortable, and your abilities are not being tested” – or – “A place where you don’t do anything new or different” … If this sounds like something you want to change, Dave does a deep dive into what it is, how it can manifest in us, and the simplest way to overcome it. Staying in one’s comfort zone is based in fear of the unknown or the fear of failure. It must be understood and embraced as a prerequisite for change. Dave talks about ways to look at setbacks as temporary and how they can be used as building blocks for growth. He urges everyone to use self-reflection as a way to measure personal growth in the areas of your life that really matter. Whether you’re an owner, intern, or anywhere in between, the podcast will help you understand that getting out of your comfort zone is an ongoing process that offers a better life every step of the way.