25 minutes | Oct 19th 2020

214: The Construction Giant Sam Alley Builds on the American Dream

This week, Jeff Amerine talks with Sam Alley, chairman, and CEO of VCC.  VCC is a leading general contractor in the nation, and it is the largest retail construction company in America.  In this episode, you will hear about how Sam started VCC with two partners, challenges the business has overcome, and the strong culture found within the company.  Sam also shares advice for engineers who are looking to build their own businesses.  As always, thanks for tuning in!


(1:10) Sam Allley introduces VCC

(3:46) Sam talks about the early days at VCC 

(6:18) Challenges that VCC has overcome

(9:34) Advice for entrepreneurs looking to build large enterprises 

(11:47) Building a strong culture

(14:19) Managing a business through COVID-19 

(20:06) Advice for engineers looking to start their own business 

(22:15) Sam’s take on the American Dream


Jeff Amerine

Sam Alley 



“So really, construction includes engineering and business together, and that’s why I was really excited to choose the construction industry.” (2:41)

“If you ever go and start your own company, people will come and ask you to service them because they’ve dealt with you.  And it doesn’t matter what the name of the company is, it’s the individual that makes a difference.”  (4:09)