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Jeremy & Valerie Owens

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Episode 28: Bridging The Generational Gap with Megan Wollerton
Mar 11 2024
Episode 28: Bridging The Generational Gap with Megan Wollerton
In this episode of “In the Zone,” host Jeremy Owens, owner and founder of US Construction Zone and 3 Generations Improvements, dives into the topic of “Bridging the Generational Gap” in the workplace. The episode features expert guest Megan Wollerton, owner of Lifeforce Wellness, who brings her extensive background in health, wellness, and corporate wellness programs to the table. The discussion focuses on understanding the characteristics, values, and workplace behaviors of different generations—from Baby Boomers to Gen Z—and the importance of creating a more inclusive, understanding, and effective work environment across generational divides.Show Notes:Introduction of the Topic: Jeremy introduces the theme of bridging the generational gap, emphasizing the need for better understanding and respect among Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z in the workplace.Sponsor Segment: A shout-out to build12.com for sponsoring the episode and how it’s revolutionizing efficiency in the construction business through automation.Guest Introduction: Megan Wollerton, a multifaceted wellness expert, shares her journey from the oil and gas industry to founding Lifeforce Wellness, highlighting the importance of addressing burnout and promoting health and wellness in the corporate world.Discussion Highlights:Understanding Generational Characteristics: Insight into what defines each generation and how historical contexts have shaped their workplace attitudes and behaviors.Challenges and Solutions: Addressing common workplace challenges faced by different generations, such as burnout, work-life balance, and the need for mentorship and purpose-driven work.The Role of Health and Wellness: The importance of a holistic approach to employee wellness, including mental health, positive psychology, and resilience training, in improving workplace culture and productivity.Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Strategies for fostering a more inclusive work environment that values the unique contributions and needs of workers from different generational backgrounds.Closing Thoughts: Jeremy and Megan reflect on the importance of giving each generation grace and space for better understanding and collaboration in the workplace.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-28-bridging-the-generational-gap-with-megan-wollerton
Episode 20: Time To Move The Industry Forward By Empowering The Next Generation of Leaders With Cory Thomas-Fisk
Aug 18 2023
Episode 20: Time To Move The Industry Forward By Empowering The Next Generation of Leaders With Cory Thomas-Fisk
Part of the Construction Executives Live SeriesMove the Industry Forward by Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders. Today, we will learn strategies & life skills to transition your team from the job site to the office. Understand these techniques from an experienced field supervisor & educator on how to make the jump in an efficient & compassionate manner.Cory Thomas-Fisk, is the Program Founder of CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ONLINE. Cory has been involved in almost every aspect of the Construction Industry – Federal/Tribal, Public Works, Commercial & Residential projects, working as a laborer, equipment operator, Field Engineer, Construction & Project Manager, Facility Director Executive, Private Consultant, Facilitator and an Education Advocate for over 18 years as a College Professor. Cory is a graduate of Texas A&M and she is passionate about changing the narrative and perception of the construction industry through education and awareness, elevating those who love the Construction Industry into fulfilling careers. Cory’s experience lends her a unique perspective and well-rounded approach to building professional & personal life balance strategies.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-20-time-to-move-the-industry-forward-by-empowering-the-next-generation-of-leaders-with-cory-thomas-fisk
Episode 16: Is a Recession Coming? Time to Know Your Numbers With Duane Barney and Abe Degnan
Jun 7 2023
Episode 16: Is a Recession Coming? Time to Know Your Numbers With Duane Barney and Abe Degnan
Part of the Construction Executives Live SeriesIs a recession looming? Learn insights from industry experts and learn how understanding your financial numbers could prepare and equip you for upcoming challenges.Duane Barney helps Remodeler’s make more money by building a sustainable business model so they can achieve their dreams. Duane has lived and breathed residential construction for more than 30 years. He worked his way up as a carpenter, superintendent, project manager, and President of four separate companies. Along the way, Duane saw first-hand that being a great builder isn’t enough to have a great construction business. He discovered that he is just as passionate about teaching builders how to construct a great business so they can have a great life too.Abe Degnan is president, visionary designer, and leader of Degnan Design Builders. Abe is passionate about leadership, community service, and his family. A proud father of 6 kids, he’d love to share his family’s passion for orphan hosting and adoption! Please read about this on his LinkedIn profile.In getting to know Abe, there is one thing that is undeniable, he is selfless and has a deep desire to take care of his family, clients, staff and the community he serves!In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-16-is-a-recession-coming-time-to-know-your-numbers-with-duane-barney-and-abe-degnan
Episode 15: Growth Mindset & Sales Transformation in the Construction Industry With Chaz Wolfe and Ryan Groth
May 30 2023
Episode 15: Growth Mindset & Sales Transformation in the Construction Industry With Chaz Wolfe and Ryan Groth
Growth Mindset and Sales Transformation in the Construction Industry. We are going to learn from 2 dynamic speakers and we will discuss strategies on how you can grow your company and modernize your sales process. Chaz Wolfe is a high-performing, serial entrepreneur. He has built, purchased & sold multiple 7 figure ventures in franchising, real estate and consulting. Chaz is a studied and accomplished professional who values discipline & integrity. He’s an operations & process maximizer and an award-winning sales and business mind. Chaz is known to push the limits of work ethic, mindset and results. As a dynamic leader, consultant & speaker he has helped both domestic and international organizations achieve massive levels of growth and success!Ryan is a former professional baseball player who got into sales in the construction industry after his career in baseball ended. Growing up, his parents owned a construction company and he saw the pains that they went through due to not having a predictable, consistent sales system in place. Today Ryan has helped transform over 500+ contracting, trades, and building materials businesses through the sales transformation model.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-15-growth-mindset-sales-transformation-in-the-construction-industry-with-chaz-wolfe-and-ryan-groth
Episode 14: From Commodity To Collaboration- Transforming How We Work In The Building Industry With Annette Jannotta and Tim Spindlove
May 24 2023
Episode 14: From Commodity To Collaboration- Transforming How We Work In The Building Industry With Annette Jannotta and Tim Spindlove
Part of our Construction Executives Live Series: An invitation to transform how we work in the building industry. We will discuss strategies on how we can change the way we develop and converse with our team and labor force.Annette Jannotta is an award-winning architect, artist and “workplace whisperer.” She focuses on enhancing the human spirit through strategizing and planning multi-sensory design and art moments throughout her projects. Seeking a more expansive way for architects and builders to work, Annette created Building from Within, a presentation model that shares the value of crafting a design process founded on collaboration, trust and authenticity. She explores how to challenge and reframe common assumptions in ways that honor team relationships along with bringing more joy and meaning into our work.Tim Spindlove has over 15 years of successful sales, talent acquisition, business operations, and leadership experience. Over the course of his career, Tim has become a trusted advisor to business owners, C-level executives, HR & financial professionals across multiple sectors, including construction, energy, manufacturing, public service, non-profit, and retail. He has advised on recruitment best practices and assisted with the implementation of strategic recruitment programs to help drive performance internally for stakeholders. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Tim focuses his efforts on recruiting for the real estate development and construction sector across North America. Tim has worked with the largest recruitment and staffing firms globally and is currently with DMC Recruitment Group.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-14-from-commodity-to-collaboration-transforming-how-we-work-in-the-building-industry-with-annette-jannotta-and-tim-spindlove
Episode 13: Building Connections by Breaking Down Walls With Kristina Mahler and Jennie Tanner
May 23 2023
Episode 13: Building Connections by Breaking Down Walls With Kristina Mahler and Jennie Tanner
Part of the Construction Executives Live Series:Kristina Mahler is a self-described mom from the ‘burbs who just happens to be obsessed with all things construction. Prior to becoming Director of Marketing at Greiner Construction, Kristina had an eclectic career spanning concert production, nonprofit work and jewelry design before landing in the construction sector. Now fifteen years deep in her industry experience, she has made a name for herself in the marketing and workforce development space. Kristina spent several years consulting small contractors across the country on growth strategy and marketing campaigns designed to recruit and retain employees. After flying solo for a long time, she was eager to find the right team to join full-time and found that in Greiner Construction.Jennie Tanner has over 25 years in the construction industry as a trade partner to local and national builders. Jennie began working with her father and brother and together, they opened Tanner Glass & Hardware in 2000. Jennie has led her team as an entrepreneur to bring new ideas and products to the company employing a staff of 70+ talented and committed team members. Tanner Glass has received several awards for excellence in customer service and philanthropy with their generosity to donate to shelters, Habitat for Humanity, HomeAid Utah and other local causes.Jennie Tanner has over 25 years in the construction industry as a trade partner to local and national builders. Jennie began working with her father and brother and together, they opened Tanner Glass & Hardware in 2000. Jennie has led her team as an entrepreneur to bring new ideas and products to the company employing a staff of 70+ talented and committed team members. Tanner Glass has received several awards for excellence in customer service and philanthropy with their generosity to donate to shelters, Habitat for Humanity, HomeAid Utah and other local causes.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-13-building-connections-by-breaking-down-walls-with-kristina-mahler-and-jennie-tanner
Episode 12: Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money with Tax Incentives – An Interview with Justin Rupple
May 4 2023
Episode 12: Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money with Tax Incentives – An Interview with Justin Rupple
In this episode of In The Zone, host Jeremy Owens interviews Justin Rupple, a tax incentive specialist who helps small businesses in the construction industry keep more of their hard-earned money. Justin shares valuable information about tax credit programs that business owners often overlook due to the lack of a good PR campaign from the government.With over 12 years of experience in serving small businesses and current Regional Account Manager at Business Group Resources, Justin discusses the employee retention tax credit, which is connected to COVID and has undergone several changes in its criteria and details through different acts of legislation. Many business owners have dismissed this tax credit due to outdated information, leaving potential tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.Justin also talks about the R&D tax credit, which has been around for 41 years and is often unheard of or misunderstood by business owners. He explains how this tax credit can benefit businesses in the construction industry and how his expertise can help them understand the opportunities available to them.As a father of four energetic boys, Justin understands the busy schedules of business owners and the importance of keeping every dollar they can. He shares his passion for helping business owners recover tax money and keep more money in their pockets.If you’re a business owner in the construction industry or any small to medium-sized business, this episode is a must-listen. Justin’s insights and expertise can help you take advantage of tax credits and incentives you may not even know exist. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to keep more of your hard-earned money. Tune in to In The Zone with Jeremy Owens and Justin Rupple.In this episode of In The Zone, host Jeremy Owens interviews Justin Rupple, a tax incentive specialist who helps small businesses in the construction industry keep more of their hard-earned money. Justin shares valuable information about tax credit programs that business owners often overlook due to the lack of a good PR campaign from the government.With over 12 years of experience in serving small businesses and current Regional Account Manager at Business Group Resources, Justin discusses the employee retention tax credit, which is connected to COVID and has undergone several changes in its criteria and details through different acts of legislation. Many business owners have dismissed this tax credit due to outdated information, leaving potential tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.Justin also talks about the R&D tax credit, which has been around for 41 years and is often unheard of or misunderstood by business owners. He explains how this tax credit can benefit businesses in the construction industry and how his expertise can help them understand the opportunities available to them.As a father of four energetic boys, Justin understands the busy schedules of business owners and the importance of keeping every dollar they can. He shares his passion for helping business owners recover tax money and keep more money in their pockets.If you’re a business owner in the construction industry or any small to medium-sized business, this episode is a must-listen. Justin’s insights and expertise can help you take advantage of tax credits and incentives you may not even know exist. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to keep more of your hard-earned money. Tune in to In The Zone with Jeremy Owens and Justin Rupple.In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-12-keep-more-of-your-hard-earned-money-with-tax-incentives-an-interview-with-justin-rupple
Episode 11 Eric Anderton Shares His Expertise in Leadership and Mentorship in the Construction Industry
Apr 10 2023
Episode 11 Eric Anderton Shares His Expertise in Leadership and Mentorship in the Construction Industry
Jeremy Owens welcomes Eric Anderton, a trusted leadership advisor, executive mentor, and expert meeting facilitator for construction companies, to the latest episode of In The Zone. Eric has been in the entrepreneurial business for over two decades, alongside 25 years of public speaking, small group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring. In this episode, Eric discusses his new book, Construction Genius, which comes out in October, and shares his expertise in leadership and mentorship in the construction industry.Eric’s journey in the construction industry began in 2004 when he started working with a local franchisee of an international franchise that provided leadership development programs. His first construction client was LB Construction, and they have been his client to this day. Eric’s passion for the construction industry and his expertise in leadership make him an ideal mentor for construction companies that range in revenue from 10 million to one billion.Eric discusses the importance of mentorship in the construction industry and how it helps companies become better leaders, owners, and marketers. He also talks about the skills required to be a great mentor, including patience, empathy, and listening skills. Eric believes that mentorship is a two-way street, and both the mentor and the mentee learn from each other.Eric also shares some valuable insights about his personal life, including his experience as a coach for Little League and Youth Soccer and as a volunteer for the California State University Sacramento Football Team. He emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community and how it shapes one’s personality.In conclusion, Jeremy Owens and Eric Anderson’s conversation is a must-listen for anyone interested in the construction industry, leadership, or mentorship. Eric’s experience and insights into the construction industry make this episode an informative and engaging one.https://www.constructiongenius.com/https://www.amazon.com/Construction-Genius-Effective-Hands-Leadership-ebook/dp/B0BGYQBB2C/In The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/episode-11-eric-anderton-shares-his-expertise-in-leadership-and-mentorship-in-the-construction-industry
Ep# 10 A Time for Action with Dr. G
Nov 17 2022
Ep# 10 A Time for Action with Dr. G
Giovanna Brasfield (Dr. G) has been raising her hand for the construction industry for two decades and when her hand goes up, she does not put it down until she sees results! Dr. G is an accomplished diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) advocate with over 18 years of experience in construction. Her focus is on leadership and DEI program development, training, education, and outreach for the construction industry. Dr. G drives organizations to go beyond just talking the DEI talk by taking actionable steps to create culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. Being known as a change agent and disruptor is not just a fun title for Dr. G. Rather, it is a responsibility, a commitment, and one of the many reasons that she has already cemented her lasting legacy in the construction industry. She is passionate about changing the imagery of what is typically pictured of a “construction worker,” so that every person, regardless of color or gender, has a visual representation and a better chance of creating a dream! If a young person cannot see a reflection of themself having already achieved success in this industry, then what are the chances they can picture achieving it themself? “I think about an example. I had a chance to go to a high school and I was doing a presentation, talking about construction and kind of my journey, and just sharing with them how I got involved in construction. And one of the girls came to me afterwards and they’re like, “Wow, that was great. We don’t get a chance to see very many African American women that are at your status in the organization overall,” and I’m like, wow, perspective,” Brasfield explained. Dr. G went on to explain that we need empathy and understanding so that our differences can make us better as a team, in order for us to make the necessary strides as an industry. Being known as a person of action must be very rewarding to Dr. G, but her genuine intentions for actual change is what makes her movement so powerful! Her goal is more than just wanting to check boxes or talk about how we can improve DEI – she wants to see the results for herself. “I’ve had a lot of speaking events this year, but my ask is, I want it to be some kind of coming back and seeing change. I don’t want to just do one speaking thing,” she says. This kind of results-driven and humble eye-on-the prize resolve is extremely rare for an executive, but one of the main reasons we, as construction peers, get to see change happening in the efforts of diversity and inclusion, rather than just hearing about the plans to make it happen. Thank you Dr.G for leading from the front and being a woman of action that our industry needs! Resources:https://drgiovannabrasfield.com/https://www.procore.com/jobsite/leading-inclusively-10-things-you-can-do-to-promote-inclusion-diversity/7 Principles of Construction Success by Henry Nutt, III : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09SVVH5BT/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_T92AAB95Q407JJ6QWH32https://www.agc-ca.org/diversity-equity-inclusion/7 ways to build a truly equitable DEI strategy (fastcompany.com)RAND CAREP/Wabash partnership (videos and guiding documents on safe/brave spaces and belonging): Wabash & RAND Collaboration, 2021-2022 | Wabash Collegewww.drgiovannabrasfield.comAutodesk https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/content/Diversity-Builds-Workforce-Tomorrow-Giovanna-Brasfield-2021Autodesk: https://constructionblog.autodesk.com/dr-giovanna-brasfield-vice-president-of-diversity-inclusion-flatiron/https://www.procore.com/jobsite/leading-inclusively-10-things-you-can-do-to-promote-inclusion-diversity/Learn about Jeremy and Valerie’s journey, why they have decided to launch this industry asset to better the community at large through mentorship, peer education, and thought leadership. To read their Open Letter to the Construction Industry click hereTo Join the USCZ digital platform – https://usconstructionzone.com To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/usconstructionzone Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLac-RnSIyL7PWVnR7bOGfg LinkedIn Business page – https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-construction-zoneIn The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/ep-10-a-time-for-action-with-dr-g
Ep# 9 Laying the Groundwork with Jennifer Green
Jul 28 2022
Ep# 9 Laying the Groundwork with Jennifer Green
Jennifer Green has been labeled as a fearless trailblazer and glass ceiling breaker for women in non-traditional careers, and continues to advocate and be a leader in the skilled trades community. Through passion, dedication and mentorship, Jennifer has a rich history of breaking new ground and destroying stigmas. She is an influential leader with extensive experience building and supporting world-class programming and change culture. Jennifer discussed how she was challenged by “being the first” woman in many situations, but soon became inspired by the path that she found herself on. She has promoted the advancement of the skilled trades across Ontario, Canada and beyond for almost 20 years in various roles through volunteerism, speaking engagements, and consulting. We learned how Jennifer, as Director of Competitions at Skills Ontario, encourages youth to explore and pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Resources:Skills Ontario – https://www.skillsontario.com/ Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program – https://oyap.com/ Learn about Jeremy and Valerie’s journey, why they have decided to launch this industry asset to better the community at large through mentorship, peer education, and thought leadership. To read their Open Letter to the Construction Industry click hereTo Join the USCZ digital platform – https://usconstructionzone.com To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/usconstructionzone Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLac-RnSIyL7PWVnR7bOGfg LinkedIn Business page – https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-construction-zoneIn The Zonehttps://businessinnovatorsradio.com/in-the-zone/Source: https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/ep-9-laying-the-groundwork-with-jennifer-green