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Bridging the Gap
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Team Equals Tenure
Is it possible to guarantee success? If so, what building blocks do you need to implement? Join host Todd and guest Bryson Reaume as they discuss building the best team for your project, how to stay connected when you might be working remote, what the world should know about the contractor’s point of view, and the shifting goals and mindsets of project teams. Bryson Reaume is the Founder and CEO of Reaume Richardson, a Los Angeles-based contracting company with 20 years of experience revitalizing cityscapes throughout California. His knowledge was built from the ground up, as he worked in the trades for half a decade before moving into executive management.
35 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
The Marketing Problem in Construction Continues
As someone in the construction industry, how do you begin to tell your story? Join host Todd and guest Katlyn Slocum as they discuss best strategies for getting “the word” out about your company, the difference between “old school” and “new school” marketing tactics, and how to know you’re being effective at communicating with your target audience. Katlyn Slocum is the owner of Katlyn Slocum Design, a website design agency based out of Vancouver, WA. Growing up in Minnesota with a family of tradesmen, she learned the value of hard work, keeping your word, and entrepreneurship. After finishing her Bachelor's in Business, Katlyn started her own business from the ground up, with a passion for helping blue-collar professionals like the ones she grew up with. She believes website design is most effective when it is strategy-driven and tailored to every business' unique needs to increase conversions. Katlyn brings together a unique combination of strategic web design, development, SEO, and training all in one to get her clients' businesses to the next level.
31 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
The Old Trades are Gone
We all have a story to tell—what’s yours? Join host Todd and guest Jessica Bannister as they discuss the growing audience that comes with globalization, the difficulties we face in reaching and maintaining the attention of the younger generation, the essential nature of collaboration in modern times, and much more. Jessica Bannister is a Level 3 HVAC Apprentice in BC. She is a brand ambassador for ERRECOM. She shares her everyday adventures and journey towards becoming a licensed journeyman on her website and her Instagram (@HVACjess).
41 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
Our Modular Future
When you think of modular and preconstruction, what comes to mind? Are there some misconceptions around the implications of these building styles, and how do we challenge those misconceptions? Join host Todd and guest Audree Grubesic as they discuss the parts of modular construction that go unseen, how the “seismic shift” in the industry will impact this form of construction, and how innovation plays a huge part in getting the word out about sustainable building. Audree M Grubesic is the owner of Modular Sure Site, an Off-Site Construction Management Service company. She has first-hand experience of project management on site using offsite solutions. Over the past 25+ years, she has excelled in marketing, sales, new business development, and homebuilding. This experience has led her to create a niche in the modular construction industry. Our specialty is modular residential and commercial consulting, along with management services including full team development.
33 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Lean Construction: The Roadblocks and Shortcuts
Join host Todd and guest Tammy McConaughy as they discuss lean manufacturing vs. lean construction, some of the best and easiest ways to reduce waste on the construction field, how to move away from being “risk averse” in the industry, and the end goals that we can look forward to when it comes to lean construction. Tammy McConaughy is a Six Sigma black belt and certified national trainer with the Lean Construction Institute. As the Global Director of Lean Delivery, she develops, facilitates and supports CRB Group’s international Lean design and construction programs. She is also a contributing author to the LCI published book, “Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation.”
46 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Can Sustainability Make it Past the Boardroom?
Is sustainability leaving the boardroom? Are you effectively communicating throughout your organization the implications of sustainability or are you keeping those conversations in a small group? We as a construction industry need to work together more to reimagine how we do things that reduce waste, make construction more efficient and make it better for the environment. Advance Workshop director Ismail Makda joined the show to talk about sustainability and the expectations that arise from innovation. Ismail is a construction industry professional with over 20 years experience serving the AEC industry. His background is in construction industry materials with a particular focus on digital tools and innovative transformation to make the world of construction meet the challenges of climate change and in harnessing new technologies in the interests of efficiency.
25 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Lessons We Learn from Change
How do you lead successfully? And more importantly, how do you lead in a way that benefits yourself and everyone around you? Join host Todd and guest Jason Feifer as they discuss how change can spur growth, the rewards that come with pushing away your comfort zone, the concept of “comfortability,” and more. Jason Feifer is the editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine, author of the book Build For Tomorrow (out September 2022), a startup advisor, and host of two podcasts: Build For Tomorrow (yes, same name as the book) a show about the smartest solutions to our most misunderstood problems; and Problem Solvers, about entrepreneurs overcoming the odds in their business. Prior to Entrepreneur, Jason has worked as an editor at Men’s Health, Fast Company, Maxim, and Boston magazine, and has written about business and technology for the Washington Post, Slate, New York, and others. Jason’s previous book, a romantic comedy that he wrote with his wife called Mr. Nice Guy, is currently being developed for television.
44 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
The Latest Research and Trends with Josh Bone
Are we in a recession? Would that even matter for construction? How can we avoid getting boxed in by our next contract? What is the biggest impact to our bottom line? Join host Todd and guest Josh Bone as they discuss recent economic impacts on the electrical and construction industries, how to stay informed while moving into a modular framework, and what to expect from the next five years. Josh Bone is the Executive Director of Electri International and is a long time friend of the show, helping to launch one of our first episodes in 2019. For more than two decades, he has been implementing, training, and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O professionals.
34 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
The Staggering Effects of Modular Construction
Are you familiar with modular construction? Do you think you’d give it a try, and why or why not? Join host Todd and guest Nick Coubray as they discuss the real-world applications of BIM, how to realistically reduce waste in the field, the pros and cons of modular construction, some common misconceptions about the industry, and more. Nick Coubray is the CEO of Howick Ltd. Having grown up in the industry from building and designing rollformers to guiding the development of complex software and production offerings, he is always interested in seeing what can be done to improve how things are done. He has a keen interest in not only construction technology, but also innovative tech in general.
42 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
150 Episodes of Innovation
Bridging the Gap is officially at 150 episodes and counting! Over the past 50 episodes, three major themes have emerged: hearing more voices from the field, the blurring of the lines between blue and white collar work, and taking innovation and making it practical. Join host Todd Weyandt and editor/producer Eric Daniel as they look back to reflect on the lessons learned, moments that stand out and where the show is going in the future. During our first 100 episodes, we have had the great pleasure of learning from so many brilliant guests and thought leaders throughout the industry. To you the listeners, thank you for joining us on this adventure, taking the time to listen each week and sharing with your friends.
37 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
We’re Called Contractors for Crying Out Loud!
What are some of the key similarities between the trades? What does that mean for the potential of your company? Join host Todd and guest Josh Levy as they discuss risk management and mitigation in construction, what we can do to encourage and bolster collaboration in the industry, the importance of democratizing knowledge, and the history behind Document Crunch. Josh Levy founded Document Crunch having spent much of his career building upon extensive leadership and expertise counseling the construction industry. Josh graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami, graduating magna cum laude. Josh started his career as a lawyer in South Florida focusing on complex construction litigation and evolved into a full-service construction practitioner.
37 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Heavy Metal Summer Experience
Can you name a few things within the construction industry that have the potential to be better? If so, give yourself permission to jump in and make a change. Join host Todd and guest Angie Simon as they discuss what changes can and should be made within the industry, the success of the Heavy Metal Summer Experience, how to intuit when you might need to “take a break,” and more. Angie Simon, PE is the co-founder and president of The Heavy Metal Summer Experience. She worked with Western Allied Mechanical for 22 years and is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.
36 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Blue is the New White
What kinds of opportunities do you associate with blue-collar jobs? Do they differ from white-collar opportunities? It seems that the lines are beginning to blur. Join host Todd and guest Josh Zolin as they discuss “abundance” within the trades, managing a good work-life balance, challenging the stigma around manual labor, and more. Josh Zolin is the CEO of Windy City Equipment Service. SchaiHi Partners is his secondary business, which is a full-fledged real estate investment firm. In 2019, he published his book, "Blue is the New White: The Best Path to Success that No One Told You About - Until Now" in order to shatter the common misperceptions about the skilled trades to today's youth.
45 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Keeping Up With DfMA and Data
As prefabrication becomes more and more popular, what opportunities have risen to meet it? How do we keep up? Join host Todd and guest Neil Wypior as they discuss lessons learned about the manufacturing process, how to move past and leverage supply chain disruption, and the importance of data in DfMA. Neil Wypior is the Managing Director of EVO-MEP. He is an educator and enabler of prefabrication and modular construction with extensive international experience. He specializes in prefabricated and modular building services and his passions are to design, engineer, and construct.
44 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Hyper Construction and the Arc of Transformation
There’s an invisible revolution happening right now, and it’s probably affecting you. How? Join host Todd and guest Oliver Lepinoy as they discuss the potential benefits of disruption, the importance of perceptions and belief systems, the best ways to measure success, and how to address the biggest changes facing the industry today. Olivier Lepinoy belongs to the Autodesk Business Development team for the AEC industry. Olivier took part in multiple platform initiatives for the largest firms worldwide. He now focuses his effort on helping AEC companies explore and build new business models. Before joining Autodesk, Olivier worked in Architecture, for VINCI, for Accenture, and for IBM. He is one of the co-authors of two acclaimed books about Innovation in Construction. Olivier holds two Master’s Degrees: in Civil Engineering and in Earthquake Engineering. He is also a licensed architect and an urban designer.
30 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Tools and Tricks for the Future of Collaboration
How do you bring new voices to the table? Better yet, how do you make sure that those new voices are heard? Join host Todd and guest Rick Kremer as they discuss crossing the divide between GCs and architects, the differences in how people have worked over the past two years, and how to encourage and embrace better collaboration in the industry. Rick Kremer is a Senior Technical Consultant and Bluebeam Certified Instructor at Applied Software. He has over 20 years of experience with project delivery and workflows as well as direct architectural experience with commercial, institution and federal projects. Rick has a passion for helping others “work smarter, not harder.”
43 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
The Long Road to the Finished Product
What are the biggest trends emerging in construction? Do you see any pushback towards them? Join host Todd and guest Kelli Lubeley as they discuss achieving buy-in from the industry when it comes to changing workflows, the importance of “the right timing,” and when innovation might become a normal expectation within the industry. Kelli Lubeley is a BIM Program Manager at Cupertino Electric, Inc. Kelli has been teaching and implementing VDC technology for thelast 10 years and truly passionate about inspiring others to explore the world of VDC.
43 minutes | May 25, 2022
Every Company Tells a Story
It’s true: audio and video are the “in” thing, especially when it comes to spreading the word about your company. Do you feel hesitant about adopting videography, or are you completely on board? Join host Todd and guest Dan Maitland as they discuss how to “own your story,” the importance of storytelling through the “hero’s journey,” the ROI on videography in construction companies, and how to embrace the camera as someone who may be camera-shy. Dan Maitland is a commercial producer and video director at Meticulous Image. He is in the business of telling great stories to build your brand and make you money.
46 minutes | May 19, 2022
Why Knowledge Transfer is Mission Critical
Join host Todd and guest Shannon Tymosko as they discuss commutable skills between Child and Youth Work and the trades, the current divide between “white-collar” and “blue-collar” work, how social media can elevate your and your company’s journey, and how construction is commonly misinterpreted or misunderstood by society at large. Shannon Tymosko is a third-year electrical apprentice and Skilled Trades Ambassador. She originally completed a Child and Youth Work diploma where she found a passion for people, mental health and learning. Being an advocate for the skilled trades has allowed Shannon to take her passion for people that she found while being a Child and Youth worker and combine it with her new love for the trades.
20 minutes | May 11, 2022
SPECIAL EPISODE: Foundational Building Blocks for Successful Tech Adoption
After over 125 episodes of the award-winning Bridging the Gap podcast, we have seen a pattern in the messages and insights brought by our guests. As we welcome new members of the workforce into construction, witness the dawn of another great industrial revolution, incorporate new tools and new processes, promote a growth mindset, and embrace more collaboration, there are many questions to ask and answer. In this special audio production, we walk through the trends set forth in the first two years of the show and set the stage for what is to come in the future.
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