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July 29, 2021

Andy Bannister, President and Founder of Earthtone Construction (Part 1)

Andy Bannister, President and Founder of Earthtone Construction (Part 1)

Andy Bannister describes how his company went from 1 to 67 employees. We talk about what factors allowed him to grow that business. Then Andy tells Mike about how they survived the crash of 2008. It's an interesting story of making a bold move and having it pay off. We spend a large part of the talk sharing our perspectives on expectation management for residential builds and how that differs from commercial work. Then we shift into change orders and the challenges of identifying and executing them. This episode wraps up with a conversation about "mindful building", the idea that not only should we attempt to control the wastefulness in the construction industry and invest in green building, but incorporate being socially responsible into the business model...


The Contracting Handbook podcast discusses the behind the scenes running of a small contracting company. Your host, Mike Knoche, has been running his small contracting company for 16 years. Here he shares what worked for him, mistakes he made along the way, and his “aha” moments. It’s everything from starting up, working with employees, subcontractors, and client. He’ll get into proposals, contracts, marketing and much more. It won’t just be Mike’s perspective as he will talk to contractors from all over  the world of any variety of size and structure because through his travels in the off season he’s come to see that contractors everywhere have similar business needs, struggles, and ideas in common. Contact Mike at info@thecontractinghandbook.com for questions, comments, or to be interviewed.

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