Building a successful business with Arcadia Homes
On this episode of The Building Code, Paul and Tom are joined by the winners of the NAHB Custom Home Builders of the Year award, Arcadia Homes. Jeremy Schumacher, president, and AJ Foard, vice president, came on the podcast to talk about what makes their award-winning business a success.
Managing and hiring people
When it comes to adding to the team, AJ and Jeremy look for people who are smart, humble and hungry. If they talk with someone who acts like they have everything figured out, it’s a red flag that they aren’t trainable and goes against Jeremy’s moto “If you’re standing still, you’re going backward.”
Three tips AJ and Jeremy have regarding managing people are train, listen and look at the projects as a team.
- Training: AJ and Jeremy are constantly training their teams and themselves. They hold each other accountable to make sure no one remains stagnant and are always working to be better.
- Listening: Listening to their employees is vital to their success and it is important to recognize the experience employees bring to the table.
- “It’s not you, it’s we”: Regardless of who “owns” the project, the Arcadia employees try to look at the project as a team project and remember “it’s not you, it’s we.”
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