Mike Thesier grew up watching his father build a thriving construction business. In 2009, Mike decided to follow in his father’s footsteps: He created Backbay Construction, a Fort Myers commercial site work firm, on the heels of the Great Recession. Below, Mike shares his advice for building and growing a successful construction business.
Build a Network
Having worked for my father’s construction company before starting Backbay Construction, I was lucky to have a lot of good contacts. I already had experience with customers that I worked with before I started Backbay. They took a chance on me.
When I started in 2009, the economy wasn’t very good. We started, just myself and one helper, doing a little bit of everything. I had to do the estimates and the bookkeeping, answer the phone and be out in the field on the equipment. They were long days but it paid off.
You need perseverance. You’ve got to stick with it and not give up when things get tough.
Partner With a Local Dealer
Synergy Equipment is our local dealer of Doosan equipment. We worked with them for years, and when they became the dealer for the Doosan equipment, they introduced it to us.
The service department at Synergy is great. They’re easy to communicate with, and they’re prompt when we need something. We outsource most of our big service needs to Synergy, and they handle all the major repairs.
We can pick up parts at one of their local stores, or they’ll bring them here to our shop. They’ll also deliver them to our technicians in the field if need be.
Train New Employees Well
Safety is a top priority at Backbay Construction jobsites. Our operators receive training from their supervisor before they use the equipment. We make sure our operators know how to properly use the equipment.
We also train our operators to be cognizant of their surroundings, including traffic and people. The cameras on the Doosan equipment are an amazing feature for enhanced visibility and safety. They help our operators be more aware of what is around them on the jobsite.
Keep Up With Service
We perform daily maintenance on our construction equipment. We add fuel, grease the machine and check the fluids. Each foreman is responsible for working with the operators to maintain the equipment.
Looking ahead, I would like to continue our company’s good, steady growth. I want to maintain the great relationships that we have with our current customers and subcontractors, and I hope to create some more.
In the future, we intend on growing the relationship with Synergy, and with that our usage of the Doosan equipment. Synergy is a great company, and I see a really good future together.
“You need perseverance. You’ve got to stick with it and not give up when things get tough.”
Mike Thesier is the owner of Backbay Construction, a commercial site work company in Fort Myers, Florida.