Bristol Construction Corp.
ABOUT HIM: Born and raised in Framingham, earned an associate degree in business from SUNY Ulster. Married to Christine Travers, and has three children, Andrea, Brittney and Matthew.
WHY YOUR FIELD? I worked site development and construction after high school and throughout my college and post college years. It’s always been a passion of mine. In my early 30s I was recruited as a Realtor at Keller Williams Plainville while having my construction company somewhat part time, flipping homes and selling them as a Realtor. The Keller Williams recruiter Eric Kipnes told me a story of a real estate agent in Vermont who started as a Realtor and launched a construction company from there and how successful they had become. I sat back and thought to myself rather than compete with all of my Realtor friends, why not just be their number one general contractor? I already had the systems in place and my construction company. It took off from there and I never looked back.
BEST CAREER ADVICE: Begin with the end in mind. Take risks. Do not make excuses, be honest with yourself and others. Do not over sell yourself and rely only on yourself. Pick a path, set goals, achieve them - repeat. Become the rock star in your field but do so at no one else’s expense. Work smarter, harder, longer, and faster than everyone else around you. Be kind, be humble, and forever thankful for how fortunate you are or have become. Be inspired and be inspirational. Always do the right thing. If you consistently work a 100 hours a week every week like I do you will achieve in one year what your competition does in two and a half years. Remember: You can’t pick and choose the aforementioned for it to work, it’s binary. If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life.
HARDEST LESSON LEARNED: To remember to only rely on yourself at the end of the day. Trust your gut, you’ll thank yourself later. Cherish those around you -- you never know if you will see them again.
MENTOR(S): Developer Scott Weymouth. People come into your life and it’s as if you were supposed to meet them at a certain point in time in your life. Scott kindly took the time to mold me, educate me, guide me, mentor me, and continually challenges me to do better every single day. One day I too will pay it forward. Scott is a great friend and a key component to my success. Also real estate attorney Roxanne Richard, who’s been by my side since day one. She is my super-conservative business advisor/coach/attorney and friend. Roxanne is a key component to my success. And realtor/broker Mark DeChambeau who early on in my career sat me down at lunch one day when I was headed in about 10 different directions. He said “You’re like a tube going down a river bouncing from side to side -- pick a path -- stay focused on it and don’t look back.” Five years later I wouldn’t have it any other way. We joke about it to this day.
GIVING BACK: I am serving as the elected president of Old Colony Habitat for Humanity and ReStore in Attleboro, formerly a vice president of the board and former board member. OCHFH covers Bristol County and Southern Norfolk County and the focus is building affordable housing and completing critical home repair projects for the less fortunate. I am passionate about it and it is my way of giving back to the community for all of the opportunity it has provided me. My own company constantly donates used building products and services to the non-profit and we encourage our clients, partners, and fellow community members to do the same. We are breaking ground on a new home build in Mansfield this spring.
WHAT TALENT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MOST THAT YOU DON'T NOW? I really don’t. I live with the philosophy that if I do not know how to do something I learn how to do it. But truthfully, I wish I could dance!
WHAT AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS HAVE YOU RECEIVED IN YOUR CAREER? The Allstate Corporation award for Creative Problem Solving 2009 and The Allstate Corporation Recognition of Leadership Award 2012