Many contractors have at least one family member “in the business.” The company I ran for 15 years, Roth Bros. Inc., had the family recipe contained in the name of the company. We had brothers working for brothers, husbands working for wives, sons working for fathers, daughters working for mothers, etc. I have also spent Read More »
Posts By: Paul Belair
Some people like to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but I believe all businesses need to be shaken up and transformed every five to ten years in order to stay competitive. I say this partly because if you don’t, you won’t actually know that something is “broke.”
Within three to seven years, our industry is going to confront technologic change at a pace never experienced before. Will you be ready? Some of you may be thinking, “No way! Never going to happen to our industry or my business.” You may be thinking, “We’ve been doing things pretty much the same way for Read More »
There comes a time when it’s time to leave a business, whether because you’re ready for something new or you’ve done what you set out to do and your work is complete. Or perhaps there’s another reason why it’s time to say goodbye and exit gracefully. Regardless of the reason, having an exit plan is Read More »
The construction and facilities industries are prone to accidents, some of which can be severe and headline-grabbing. The reality today is that we as CEOs face threats from even more areas than in days of old, because of technology. These days an “accident” can include our systems being hacked or one of our technicians unknowingly Read More »
Bad news is inevitable. If you’re not hearing any bad news as CEO, you have a big problem, and one you need to address, because bad news has to be proactively dealt with…or else.
It is very easy as a CEO to get caught up in the weeds of the business and to allow non-value activities to absorb too much of your day. I often hear: I have too many emails; too many interruptions; too many meetings; too much wasted time and no work/life balance. These are all symptoms Read More »
Paul spent the last 15 years leading Roth Bros., Inc., a $150 million industry leading national HVAC, roofing and EMS Company. He is an Angel Investor in many tech start-ups; Advisor to BuiltWorlds and Hard Hat Hub; Executive Committee Member of the Young Presidents Organization’s Construction Industry and Sustainability Business Networks and he is being Read More »
I am a transformed workaholic who sacrificed my physical, emotional and social health to get ahead. I used to work 60+ hours in the office followed by many more hours out of the office. I don’t do that any longer.