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Kurt and Reid Bangert explore the people and stories behind growth, technology, and change in the construction industry.
Jan 13, 2021
Project Innovator: Michael Glatt
Our guest today is Michael Glatt, Vice Chairman and North American Head of Project Management at Macro, A Savills Company. From his time of being a third-generation mill worker, to his 40 years of industry experience, his insight is valuable to say the least. Michael has extensive involvement in commercial real estate project management – including financing, construction, planning, change management, and stakeholder management. In our conversation, we discuss the positive impact that companies have when they are led by a “people first” attitude, how Michael gained the leadership skills that he has today, and his perspective on how to move forward as an industry during these uncertain times. As Macro provides capital project management and strategic advisory services to organizations, they had to navigate how to protect both client interests and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with how an investment in technology can help achieve these goals.
Nov 25, 2020
Construction Inventor: Sam Ruben
Our guest today is Sam Ruben, Co-Founder of Mighty Buildings, a company that is using a massive 3D printer to tackle the affordability gap in new construction and housing. Our conversation with Sam opened our eyes to the future of building technology and what it means when ideas are put into reality. Yes, you can buy a 3D printed building from Mighty Buildings today, but the fascinating part of our conversation with Sam is how they envision their tech transforming construction in multi-family housing and other sectors to improve not only efficiency but affordability too.
Sep 20, 2019
Construction Disrupters: Kerri Brocker & Andre Davis
Our guests this week are Kerri Brocker and Andre Davis from Built Interior Construction powered by Dirtt. We wanted to talk with Kerri and Andre because of their innovative approach to building out interiors from hospitals to offices, and more. What we found out is that their technology is truly disrupting the way not only the initial construction phase is performed, but the way we think about the entire lifecycle of a structure.
Sep 10, 2019
Construction Futurist: Dustin Anderson
Our guest this week is Dustin Anderson, Vice President of Construction And Real Estate at Sage. We wanted to talk with Dustin because construction technology is a rapidly changing and developing world and we had to ask ... what is the company behind the #1 selling construction software doing to move that needle forward. What we found out is that it's all about looking at where they've been and simply put ... listening to their customers.
Sep 4, 2019
Construction Leader: Michele Roberts-Bauer
Our guest this week is WCOE KC member Michele Roberts-Bauer, the President of ABC Heart of America. We wanted to talk with Michele because of her vast experience in connecting contractors and bringing everyone together with a passion and a purpose. What we found out is that rewards come often, but that construction is a landscape full of challenges and change.
Aug 26, 2019
Tech Innovator: John Goecke
This week we talk with John Goecke, President & CEO at Stratusvue. We wanted to sit down with John because they're doing some interesting things with Machine Learning in construction, a fairly new topic for this industry. What we found out is that Machine Learning will unlock new potential for file sharing across the construction landscape.
Aug 19, 2019
Construction Leader: Brian Schwartze
Our guest this week is Brian Schwartze, the COO at Kinzler Construction Services - he's a featured speaker at the Build What Matters Summit - so if you like this episode, he'll take a deeper dive into what we talked about here at the summit. We wanted to talk with Brian because he has a solid approach to hiring in construction. What we found out is that construction HR is often a complex process ... but when you simplify that process, make it repeatable, and in Brian's terms, make it "un-screw-up-able", you start to make headway and standout in the crowded hiring bonanza
Aug 12, 2019
Industry Leaders: IMA Financial Group
This week, we talked with the construction team at IMA Financial group that includes: Tracy Apperson, Michael Campo, Michelle Troppito, and Monica Donatelli. What we found out is that when IMA is strategic with their clients, they're able to find a problem and solution before the problem even happens.
Jul 29, 2019
Construction Innovator: Aaron Frumin
Our guest this week is Aaron Frumin, he's the founder and executive director of unCommon Construction in New Orleans, Louisiana. From dropping out of college to going back and getting his degree, Aaron and I talked about finding true purpose beyond what's considered normal and how he's taken that experience to create a revolutionary program that's giving high school students new opportunities through the construction trades.
Jul 15, 2019
Tech Innovator: Bassem Hamdy
Our guest today is Bassem Hamdy, the Founder & CEO of Briq – a data platform that collects and analyzes construction data to drive better decisions for your company. What we found out is that AI and Blockchain are not buzzwords – there's real substance behind the curtain that will help drive your business forward and have a serious impact on your bottom line.
Jul 1, 2019
Construction Realist: Tannis Liviniuk
This week, we talked with Tannis Liviniuk, global entrepreneur and founder of Trillium Advisory Group on how construction companies can best utilize people, process, and technology. What we found out is that Tannis has a deeply rooted passion for creating order out of chaos.
Jun 24, 2019
Construction Leader: Vanessa Linscott
We talked with Vanessa Linscott, the President and Co-Owner of Staco Electric as well as a key member of WCOE Kansas City. Vanessa bought Staco with her husband Jeff and their business partner Jay Natzke in 2015 and have grown the business to over 180 employees. What we learned from Vanessa is that growth is all about the little things, from spending more time with family to unlimited vacation days to promoting health and fitness in the workplace. One of the most interesting things is that Vanessa's focus on doing what's right and healthy – along with being grounded – has led to a complete transformation of both her business and her personal life.
Jun 19, 2019
Industry Leaders: Tim McCulloh And Seth Rooker
This week, we talk with Tim McCulloh and Seth Rooker from the Holmes Murphy Surety Bonding Team about how tech can help when it comes to moving through the bonding process.
Jun 11, 2019
Construction Futurist: Blake Berg
Our guest today is Blake Berg, the Director of Construction Technology at WeWork. From becoming an eagle scout to managing complex and massive projects in New York City in his early 20’s, we talked with Blake about how his passion for always leaving something better than he found it has driven him to success at a revolutionary company. What we found out is that to deliver on WeWork's goals in 2019, the entire team – from Owner to GC, to Sub – has to utilize the same data and technology to not only be on the same page but to have harmony throughout the process – and simply put, deliver.
Jun 3, 2019
Supply Guru: Billy Ball
This week we talked with 84 Lumber’s VP of National Sales, Billy Ball, on what’s changed in the construction supply business over his 30 years in the industry and why it’s destined for growth.
May 27, 2019
Builtcast: Memorial Day Announcement
No episode this week as we celebrate, remember and honor those who have died for our country.
May 20, 2019
Construction Technologist: Mike Gillum
We talked with Mike Gillum, Product Specialist for Acumatica Construction Edition on growing up in a construction business and what contractors think about the ground-breaking ERP.
May 13, 2019
Construction Technologist: Jaime Weber
From his time in Second City to performances at the Kennedy Center, we talked with Jaime Weber on how he took a non-traditional approach to a career in construction technology at Bangert, Inc.
Apr 28, 2019
Construction Futurist: Kris Lengieza
We talked with Kris Lengieza, Director of Marketplace Business Development at Procore on how tech can connect every job in construction – from the project engineers to superintendents to executives looking for growth.
Apr 7, 2019
Tech Innovator: Jeff Gerardi
From no maintenance to AI, the preconstruction process is more exciting than it’s ever been before. We talked with Jeff Gerardi on how construction companies can marry estimating and ERP to win more work and boost profits.
Mar 24, 2019
Construction Futurist: Dustin Burns
From AI to Blockchain, culture to projects - we sat down with McCownGordon's Dustin Burns for an inside look at how tech is transforming business processes, from the bottom up. Listen and discover what’s happening now and why the future of construction will be nothing like we’ve seen before.
Mar 17, 2019
HVAC Guru: Dan Clapper
We talk with Dan Clapper about the best practices HVAC contractors can put in place for dynamic growth. What we found out is that the secret lies in not only garnering 5-Star reviews but that it's the little things that add up to a healthy book of business.
Mar 10, 2019
Construction Technologist: Seth Dawson
This week, we talk with Seth Dawson, CEO of Paperless Environments. We wanted to talk with Seth because of his vast experience in the construction industry. From helping his dad with the family plumbing business as a kid to CFO to founding his own construction technology business. What we found out is that Seth has a lot of insight into the inner workings of construction accounting, the challenges they face, and the tools they can implement for success.
Mar 3, 2019
Featured Episode: WIC Week 2019 Panel
This week we tell the stories of five women in the construction industry as Justine Bangert guest hosts a panel from the National Association of Women in Construction – Des Moines chapter.
Feb 24, 2019
Construction Technologist: Dennis Stejskal
Can technology help your company's growth and also give you an advantage when hiring talent, capturing time, and mitigating rework? We talked with Dennis Stejskal, a nearly 40 year veteran of construction tech, on how the cloud is revolutionizing the construction industry.
Feb 17, 2019
Tech Innovator: Curtis Peltz
Ever wonder how modern day estimating software was built? We talk with Curtis Peltz, the brain behind the software and tools estimators use today.
Feb 10, 2019
Industry Leader: Mike Espeset
Ever wonder what lessons an 85 year old construction company has learned? We talked with Mike Espeset, President of Story Construction, on how process and people are at the hub of growth.
Feb 3, 2019
Construction Futurist: Ajoy Krishnamoorthy
How does technology and growth go hand-in-hand? We talked with Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, the VP of Platform Strategy at Acumatica, and discovered a key hidden value for construction companies: on-demand growth.
Jan 9, 2019
Thought Leader: Larry Silver
Larry has journeyed through the digital language with contractors time and again. After talking with Larry, what’s clear to us is that when contractors find the right method, growth is inevitable … but, as you’ll find out, there isn’t necessarily a secret recipe or a key ingredient.
Jan 8, 2019
Construction Entrepreneur: Courtney Kounkel
Courtney Kounkel is a founding partner of Monarch Build in Overland Park, Kansas. We wanted to talk with Courtney because this isn’t her first rodeo, in fact, this is her second time building a successful general contracting firm. What started out as a degree in architecture turned into a whole lot more ...