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This Is Concrete
35 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
How to Successfully Implement Systems and Processes in Your Business
Adi Klevit is the Founder and CEO of the Business Success Consulting Group, a company that creates, implements, and documents custom processes and management systems to help businesses thrive. Adi and her team help companies scale up, transfer knowledge, and prepare for succession. With 25 years of experience as an industrial engineer, management consultant, and business executive, Adi has worked with various corporations to improve, grow, and scale their businesses. In addition to her work at the Business Success Consulting Group, Adi is the host of the Systems Simplified podcast, where she talks with industry leaders about process and system implementation. In this episode… Trying to implement new systems and processes can be difficult, especially when you’re running a business. Many entrepreneurs find they don’t have the time to create processes, and this can be frustrating when growing a company. That’s why Adi Klevit is here to share her strategies for successfully implementing systems and processes into your business — even when you’re a busy entrepreneur. According to Adi, most business owners already have the knowledge needed to implement processes. So, she helps them formulate a plan by asking the right questions, extracting that knowledge, and putting it into a system. This procedure can help entrepreneurs do more than grow their businesses — it’s also a great way to learn more about their companies and find areas for improvement. So what is Adi’s advice for frustrated business owners? Create a clear vision for your company and identify why you want to implement systems and processes into your business. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill is joined by Adi Klevit, Founder and CEO of the Business Success Consulting Group, to talk about effectively creating and implementing systems and processes in your business. Adi explains why every business should have documented processes, how to find the right plan for your company, and the importance of consistently improving your processes. Stay tuned!
26 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Deep in the Mud
Mark Critchfield is the Owner of Slurry Solutions, a company that provides effective solutions for disposing of concrete slurry wastewater produced during grinding, polishing, cutting, and core drilling. Slurry Solutions provides portable systems and products to treat wastewater at the job site affordably. Mark is an entrepreneur skilled in negotiation, business planning, operations management, sales, and water treatment. Before Slurry Solutions, he was the President of Golz, LLC and the Regional Sales Manager for Norton Co. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management and technology from Missouri State University. In this episode… Many contractors and concrete polishing companies have to deal with slurry: the wastewater produced during grinding, polishing, cutting, and core drilling. However, it’s not easy to dispose of slurry. This is where Mark Critchfield and his company, Slurry Solutions, can help you out. According to Mark, there are chemical compounds found within slurry that can be damaging to the environment. This is why Slurry Solutions uses an effective method that adjusts the pH, solidifies the waste, and filters out heavy metals found within the water. Plus, when you filter your wastewater, you’ll avoid heavy EPA fines and risks. In short, Slurry Solutions can help turn hazardous waste into something that can be thrown out safely. And who doesn’t want to save money and generate safe, reusable water? In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill gets the inside scoop from Mark Critchfield, Owner of Slurry Solutions, on properly disposing of slurry wastewater. Mark discusses the importance of a safe disposal solution, how his company’s wastewater management process works, and the cost-effective benefits Slurry Solutions provides within an evolving concrete industry. Stay tuned!
32 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Venezuela, Italy, and Florida, Oh My
John Miles is the Managing Director of CimentArt Florida, where CimentArt USA first started. He is also the President of Communication Specialists International, where he helps companies boost their metrics and improve their systems. Before joining CimentArt Florida, John was a Senior Consultant at ERP Advisors Group, the Corporate Energy Advisor and Director of Marketing for North American Energy Advisory (NAEA), and the President of Enterprise Resources International. John received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Colorado State University. In this episode… CimentArt has been in Spain for 20 years, but now the microcement technology is gaining traction overseas in the US. So, what is microcement, and why is it becoming so popular? According to John Miles, microcement is sought-after due to its durability and custom design. Unlike paint or regular cement, there’s no cracking, peeling, or fading when it comes to microcement. Plus, microcement allows for a custom color and custom texture, giving you artistic freedom in any room of your home or business. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill has a conversation with John Miles, Managing Director of CimentArt Florida, about the benefits of microcement. John discusses the origin of CimentArt, why microcement is gaining popularity — and how it’s used across the world, and why people are investing in the value of microcement. Stay tuned.
28 minutes | May 11, 2021
Finding the Right Hiring System for Your Business
Tom Vranas is the Vice President of Innovation and Culture at Everywhere Wireless, where he develops high-performing teams, implements innovative solutions, and reimagines the company’s culture. Tom is also the Principal Consultant at GrevCo, a company that provides growth, marketing, and sales strategies to start-up, small, and mid-sized businesses. As an entrepreneurial executive, Tom has spent the past 15 years helping companies and individuals grow and succeed. His strengths are in technology, operations, analytics, sales, marketing, and system improvement. In addition to his work with Everywhere Wireless and GrevCo, Tom serves as the Studio Head at Studio Vranas and an Advisor and Consultant for both HartLed and Experience Institute. In this episode… Is your company’s hiring process bringing you desired results? Do you want to find a more efficient — yet precise — hiring system? If your recruitment and onboarding processes aren’t where you want them to be, you don’t want to miss this episode of This is Concrete. Tom Vranas is an expert in helping organizations develop talented leaders, build internal culture, and establish high-performing teams. According to Tom, you need to hire the right people if you want to expand as a company. The key to doing so lies in your hiring system. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill is joined by Tom Vranas, Vice President of Innovation and Culture at Everywhere Wireless and Principal Consultant at GrevCo. Tom shares his tips on gaining more prospective candidates, creating a speedy onboarding process (and avoiding outdated methods), and finding a centralized hiring system that will accommodate your company’s future growth. Stay tuned!
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
The Benefits of Pull Planning
Chad Blalock is the Building Systems Group Manager at W.M. Jordan Company, where he functions as a focused internal and external MEP resource and provides customer service in all areas of building performance and operations. Chad is a licensed mechanical engineer with 18 years of experience developing MEP systems and helping clients maximize their investment. Chad holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has certifications in Contractor’s Quality Control and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In this episode… Is your construction company using the right planning method? If you’ve been operating on the traditional critical path method, you’re missing out on a much more efficient, cost-effective system: pull planning. What is pull planning and how can it help your company? According to Chad Blalock, pull planning is a collaborative tool that allows for productive communication and trust between all members of the construction project. With the pull planning method, you’ll be able to make reliable promises, deliver faster service, and easily work through all steps of the project. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill talks with Chad Blalock, Building Systems Group Manager at W.M. Jordan Company, about the pull planning approach. Together, they discuss why pull planning works, how it can help you complete a project on time (and on budget), and how you can begin your transition into the pull planning method. Stay tuned.
50 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
How to Create the Best Incentive Plan for Your Company
Tom Bouwer is the Co-founder and Partner of ProfitWorks LLC, a company that helps organizations apply the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). Tom is a Certified EOS Implementer and esteemed international and Vistage speaker. He is the Co-author of the books What the Heck is EOS? and Profit Works, among many others. Tom has over 25 years of international and nationwide experience helping companies simplify, clarify, and achieve their vision. He has worked with leaders and teams to achieve optimal success at a range of companies, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Tom has nearly three decades of global management and coaching experience in multiple industries that help him identify chronic issues in a company and work to build a healthy, cohesive team. In this episode… Your company’s incentive plan is a fundamental part of being efficient, centering your team, and reaching your desired goals. But is your incentive plan working towards development or is it holding your team back? How can you develop the best plan tailored to your business? Tom Bouwer has over 25 years of experience helping companies advance as a team and achieve their vision. According to Tom, your operating system determines how you set priorities, solve issues, and grow as a team. Specifically for leaders, financial communication is a key element to building trust with your employees as well as motivating and educating them. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill sits down with Tom Bouwer, Certified EOS Implementer, and Co-Founder and Partner of ProfitWorks LLC, to talk about creating incentive plans. Tom discusses the different types of incentive plans, common mistakes leaders make when implementing these strategies, and how you can educate team members to create positive tension and a growth-centered environment. Stay tuned!
26 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Accent and Accent Walls
Craig Welsh is a microcement expert and the UK Manager of CimentArt Group. Craig has been plastering and tiling for over 40 years and holds the Advanced City & Guilds certificate in plastering and tiling, the highest level available. Outside of his career in microcement, Craig runs a gym for boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In this episode… Choosing the right materials to structure your home or business is essential in creating a long-lasting foundation. Among many different materials, microcement is growing in popularity within both commercial and residential properties. So what exactly is microcement? What are the benefits of using microcement over other materials? Industry expert Craig Welsh stands by microcement’s advantages of strength, elasticity, and impermeability. According to Craig, microcement is often used in coffee shops, restaurants, and accent walls in residential homes because of its durability and aesthetically-pleasing appearance. Today, he’s here to share what exactly goes into microcement applications. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill is joined by Craig Welsh, UK Manager of CimentArt Group. Craig shares all of the details on microcement application, training and informational videos, and why you should consider microcement for your own home or business. Stay tuned.
26 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Michael Trotta is the Executive Vice President of Concrete Polishing & Prep Solutions. At Concrete Polishing & Prep Solutions, Michael helps other companies grow by providing quality prep, maintenance, and polishing equipment. He began his career at Sherwin Williams, then moved on to a manager role at PROSOCO, Inc., where he took them from $13,000 in sales to $1.125 million over the span of six years. Beginning in 2011, Michael was the National Sales and Development Manager at Niagara Machine, Inc., where he grew strong relationships with sales representatives and vendors In this episode… Working in the construction industry requires keeping up to date with new techniques, technologies, and educational opportunities. So where can you get quality training for contract work when you’re just starting out? How can you continue educating yourself within the construction industry? Michael Trotta of Concrete Polishing & Prep Solutions is aiding in the launch of training programs and growth within his own company. One of these upcoming programs, Concrete Palooza, will help people within the concrete industry learn about technology, training strategies, and more from industry experts. Michael is experienced in finding good workers and furthering their education, and today, he’s here to share those tips with you. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill sits down with Michael Trotta, Executive Vice President of Concrete Polishing & Prep Solutions, to talk about the different ways to continue education in the trade industry. Michael discusses Job Corps’ training programs, working with your competitors, and resources for seeking out educational trade shows. Stay tuned.
40 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Don’t Hide It
Rusty Balderson is an Estimator at W.M. Jordan Company, a construction business that helps communities grow and thrive. Rusty has been a part of the construction industry ever since he was a kid: growing up, his father built houses and gave him various construction jobs, which eventually led Rusty to his career at W.M. Jordan Company. Rusty has been working at W.M. Jordan Company for 14 years and has played a crucial role in developing their general contracting, construction management, and pre-construction and design/build services. In this episode… In the construction industry, the planning stages can determine the success of your project. However, when working with people across different industries, there is a greater chance of running into obstacles before you even set your project in motion. So, how do you secure the bid for a construction project while avoiding common issues? How can you ensure that your goals will be met within the project? Estimator Rusty Balderson says that a successful construction project requires thorough communication and a team-centered approach. With a lifetime of experience in the construction industry, Rusty knows the specific strategies to get all team members on the same page. His biggest piece of advice: be upfront about all aspects of your project. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill talks with Rusty Balderson, Estimator at W.M. Jordan Company, about the process of successfully beginning your construction project. Rusty shares his strategies for gathering information on your bid, saving money on your project, and effectively communicating with all members of the project to ease the planning process. Stay tuned.
31 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Control Your Time and Your Calendar
Tom Barrett is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Certified EOS implementer at Navigate The Journey, a management consulting firm. Over the past five years, he has successfully grown his own consulting firm while providing strategic planning and EOS implementation services to over 60 companies. Tom began his career as a CPA at Deloitte before transitioning to mergers & acquisitions consulting with Ernst & Young. He held leadership positions at two entrepreneurial organizations before co-founding Navigate The Journey. Tom combines his talent and passion to help other entrepreneurs and their leadership teams clarify their vision, gain traction, and become relationally healthier. In this episode… Do you find it difficult to manage your time and your calendar? Have you ever felt like you need multiple assistants to organize all of your work? Sound like you? Then you won’t want to miss this episode of This is Concrete. Tom Barrett, a Certified EOS Implementer, helps entrepreneurs and leaders develop their companies and get what they want from their business. According to Tom, it’s about progress, not perfection. Why? Because progress builds on itself—and will lead your business to achieve its goals. In this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill sits down with Tom Barrett, Co-Founder, CEO, and Certified EOS Implementer of Navigate The Journey, to talk about strategies for controlling your calendar and finding freedom within your schedule. Tom shares his expert tips on optimizing your time, preparing for busy workdays, and delegating tasks to run a better business—and a better lifestyle. Stay tuned.
25 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Speak to the Elephant, Not the Rider
Ali Mirza is a top entrepreneur, advisor, strategist, author, and the Founder and CEO of Rose Garden Consulting. Ali started his career by selling insurance door to door before pivoting to the financial services, SaaS, marketing, and tech industries. He’s since been voted one of the top 10 revenue experts by Business Insider. With Rose Garden Consulting, Ali helps companies scale their sales with a creative, innovative, and team-first approach. In this episode… No one is born a salesperson. Sales skills aren’t necessarily innate; instead, they’re developed over time as you learn to effectively communicate values and benefits to consumers. Working with different businesses requires different sales strategies, but how do you develop these strategies? When you are working with various consumers, how do you market your proposal and close the deal? On this episode of This is Concrete, Chad Gill is joined by Ali Mirza, Founder and CEO of Rose Garden Consulting, to talk about building strategy and creating revenue from existing clients and prospects. Using the Elephant and the Rider analogy, Ali discusses leveraging the decision-making of the unconscious mind to close the deal. Stay tuned.
20 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
From Growing up on a Farm to Joining the Nuclear Industry and Polishing Concrete
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… Chad Gill has always loved construction. Growing up on a farm, he mastered the art of fixing things at a young age. However, after a stint in the Virginia Military Institute and then the nuclear industry, Chad realized that he wasn’t putting this skill—or passion—to use. So, he decided to start his own construction company focusing on his favorite medium: concrete. Now, Chad and his company, Concreate, are famous for their unique concrete surfaces. Using an innovative and economical process, the team at Concreate designs and creates polished concrete masterpieces for both residential and commercial projects. So, what makes Chad’s concrete stand out from the rest? In this first episode of This Is Concrete, Rise25 Co-Founder John Corcoran sits down with host Chad Gill to talk about his experience starting his custom concrete flooring company, Concreate. Chad shares his journey from growing up on a farm and studying engineering to finally taking the entrepreneurial leap and starting his own business. Chad also shares the secret to Concreate’s success: polished concrete. Stay tuned!
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