My first job out of college was with CMD - Construction Market Data, (Now Reed Construction Data) a company that produced construction information that primarily served as project leads for its subscribers.
At that time, I thought I wanted to go into finance, investment planning and eventually become a CFP. My attitude upon taking the job at CMD was, "Well, I will work here until I find something I like. Apart from family and friends, my 13 years at CMD turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of my life.
At CMD I eventually became responsible for training all the researchers and sales teams on our data collection methods, data standards, how we developed relationships with architects, engineers, developers, building owners, etc.
My final two years I worked with our National Sales team in helping our large data customers understand and effectively use those leads for building new business.
With the sale of CMD in 2001 came new opportunities and the question became...what next?
My goal was to take some time off, play a lot of golf and do 'nothing' for at least a month. That lasted two days. I then started poking around company websites, looking for ideas for a new career.
I believed that I understood data so I ventured to the website of the largest business data company I knew of, searched until I found some names and email addresses and sent them a cover letter and my resume.
About a week later, I got a reply.
They wanted to talk to me about a consulting gig for one of their companies that had hit a revenue plateau. My next move was to my local bookstore where I purchased a copy of 'Getting Started in Consulting' by Alan Weiss.
I put together my proposal, they accepted and then I was off to New York for a week, my first paid consulting job. After that, I was hooked and as they say, the rest is history.
We built Construction Market Consultants on the foundation of our unapologetic passion for business and the free-market system.
Helping companies build their business has proven the old adage true that if you find a job you love, you will never work again the rest of your life. If you have a question, give me a buzz, I love talking shop.
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Private, Nonresidential Construction Spending Outlook Good
The outlook for private nonresidential construction spending remains upbeat, according to the Marcum Commercial Construction Index for the first quarter of
“Business confidence is in the 97th percentile, unemployment is near a 10-year low, and the Consumer Confidence Index has not been this high since December 2000,” wrote Anirban Basu, Marcum’s chief construction economist and author of the report.
“This all bodes well for the U.S. construction sector, which stands to benefit from a combination of consumer and business spending growth.
“Although nonresidential construction spending fell on a monthly basis in March, it remains a largely positive indicator. February’s nonresidential construction spending value of $717 billion… is the highest total since the Census Bureau began tracking the indicator.”