In The Zone

Jeremy & Valerie Owens

Interviews with Construction Innovators and Changemakers, sharing proven strategies propelling the construction industry.

Ep# 8 Staying Ahead of the Game with Casey Grey
May 12 2022
Ep# 8 Staying Ahead of the Game with Casey Grey
In this inspirational podcast, Jeremy and Valerie learn how a unique, introspective and mindful leadership style is the key with special guest Casey Grey! He reminds us to embrace and lean into change. “I think from anything that I’ve learned in all my personal development over the years is that there’s only one constant, and that constant is change. Everything changes in the world, right? So the more comfortable you are changing, I think the better off you’ll be in life because things are always going to change. And it’s just a matter of how we accept it and how we adapt and how we keep moving forward.” Gray explained. Leaning into change, asking more thoughtful questions, and filling the controllable moments in his life with positivity and mindfulness was the start, but Grey’s curiosity for the future is inspiring him now. It is safe to say that Casey Grey is the type of leader that we need right now in the construction industry, and you can bet, we will be watching, supporting, and digesting his content in hopes that we can stay ahead of the game just like he does!Resources:The Conscious Builder – The Conscious Builder Academy – 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 – To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – Youtube – LinkedIn Business page – The Zone
Ep# 7 The Road Less Traveled with Brent Darnell
Feb 21 2022
Ep# 7 The Road Less Traveled with Brent Darnell
In this important episode, Hosts Jeremy and Valerie Owens welcome special guest Brent Darnell to discuss the crossroads that the construction industry finds itself in. In many ways, the construction industry is still getting away with many ‘old ways’ of doing things, while it seems much of the world is advancing in terms of inclusion, diversity, and understanding the importance of learning more about mental health. The good news is, hope is not lost, as there are some phenomenal people in the construction industry that are ready to help navigate this new terrain, including Brent Darnell! At Brent Darnell International (BDI), Brent’s mission statement reads: “To help to transform the construction industry to be more collaborative, more relationship-driven, leaner, and more fun with a focus on health, wellness, and peak performance.” The absolute beauty in the message that Brent Darnell so clearly articulates in his eight books, speaking engagements, and curriculum, is that we have control over our human connections and when you begin to master this with your team, the benefits will be astronomical! Your organization will inevitably be more productive, loyal, profitable, healthy and happy! Who doesn’t want that?! So here we are, at the fork in the road, asking ourselves who is going to join us in learning what it means to be more inclusive, more diverse, more professional, more vulnerable, more healthy and gosh dang it – have some more fun! Darnell said it best when he said, “There’s nothing heroic that takes place without vulnerability.” So, construction industry, let’s be heroes together and change this culture one person and one business at a time! Resources:Brent Darnell International – Workplace Suicide Prevention – Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 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 – To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – Youtube – LinkedIn Business page – The Zone
Ep# 6 A First-Hand Look at A True Hero’s Journey With Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
Jan 21 2022
Ep# 6 A First-Hand Look at A True Hero’s Journey With Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
In this important episode, Hosts Jeremy and Valerie Owens welcome special guest Sally Spencer-Thomas to discuss the sensitive topic of mental health, suicide trends, and prevention in the construction industry. We had the honor of speaking with Spencer-Thomas, who is a clinical psychologist, international mental-health advocate and speaker, researcher, and suicide loss survivor. Sally lost her only sibling and best friend, Carson J. Spencer, on December 7th, 2004 and her life’s mission from that point forward has been dedicated to educating, preventing, innovating, writing, and professionally speaking about mental health, reminding us of the positive impact each one of us can have on our society, and thus on one another. We were fortunate enough to gain valuable insights from Spencer-Thomas on the risk factors and alarming trends for industry professionals, but more importantly, details on prevention strategies and awareness opportunities that our industry is beginning to implement. We are grateful to Sally Spencer-Thomas for her time and dedication to this noble, life-saving cause, and we ask each of you to let this quote from the Higher Education Center on Spencer-Thomas’ website be your marching order moving forward: “Be vocal. Be visible. Be visionary. There is no shame in stepping forward, but there is great risk in holding back and hoping for the best.” Again, we thank you Sally Spencer-Thomas for being the change maker that this industry desperately needs! Resources:Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas – Suicide Prevention – Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 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 – To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – Youtube – LinkedIn Business page – The Zone
Ep# 5 The Importance of Writing Your Own Story with Rich Noonan
Dec 13 2021
Ep# 5 The Importance of Writing Your Own Story with Rich Noonan
In this episode, Hosts Jeremy and Valerie Owens welcome special guest Rich Noonan to discuss the power of online reviews, the importance of maintaining an updated website, and the importance of taking the time and initiative in telling the story about your business through video.Noonan details how his unique background in investigative journalism, as well as his experience in television, all led him to create & actualize Best of the Best Television. Noonan is an expert in investigating a businesses digital footprint, online reviews, and client satisfaction, and then selecting the best remodeling and construction businesses in the nation. He knows how to sleuth the internet for businesses with the highest-rated and most honest reviews, the most personal and sincere websites, and with stories that need to be told — not only in words but with professional video!Rich loves what he does and continues to award deserving businesses around the country. Noonan explained that once he awards his video, along with the prestigious “Best of the Best” company, the recipients tell him that they had rarely if ever, considered producing a video. One such client told Noonan, “I would have never produced a video. That wasn’t even in my thought process, but when my wife and I cried after we saw the story that you did about the company that we built for 35 years with our sweat and tears and blood, how can we not have this video?” Noonan has a way of stating what we all need to hear – in building a successful online presence, it is vitally important to remember that regardless of the size and nature of your business, you’re the one who gets to write your own story – either that or somebody else will. 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 – To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – Youtube – LinkedIn Business page – The Zone
Ep# 4 Entering the Golden Age of Innovation in Construction with René Morkos
Oct 28 2021
Ep# 4 Entering the Golden Age of Innovation in Construction with René Morkos
In this episode Hosts Jeremy and Valerie Owens discuss the current status of innovation and digitization in the construction industry with special guest René Morkos. René details how his unique background, upbringing, education, and experience all led him to create & actualize ALICE Technologies. Using AI technology, ALICE and René are blazing the trail of innovation in construction. Rene explains, “The thing that we did with ALICE, and this is the part that’s kind of remarkable, ALICE understands how to build stuff! So think about that – ALICE knows what a crane is. ALICE knows what a crew is. ALICE knows what overtime is. ALICE understands what the production rate is. ALICE is a generative simulator…She actually moves resources around, shuffles up to space and time to build your object.”René loves what he does and continues to inspire us all with his determination to create a lasting legacy, stating, “I want to leave behind a field that is more capable of being a cutting edge, high tech, research-focused field.” He offers us the assurance that the industry is in good hands with influencers and leaders like him that are willing and ready to digitize this industry and redefine what it means to build! 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 – To follow the USCZ journey and connect on social media Facebook – Youtube – LinkedIn Business page – The Zone