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Inspiring People & Places

We interview national leaders in the architecture, engineering, construction, and development industry, in an effort to educate, innovate and inspire industry professionals to disrupt the status quo, improve their project teams and steward public & private investments more effectively.

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“Building for Impact and Giving Back to the Veteran Community” with Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist - Dana Spain

On the following episode of Inspiring People and Places, BJ sits down with Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Dana Spain. The two discuss how we can do well and do good by leading, learning, and loving what you do.Resources mentioned in this episode:The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Levelhttps://amzn.to/3eQ3thT Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we nee d great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

51mins

23 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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The Importance of Culture and Core Values

BJ discusses MCFA’s Core Values, the role they play in MCFA’s culture, and how to establish Core Values in your own firm. Resources mentioned in this episode:BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by Jim Collinshttps://amzn.to/3dZLgODInspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we nee d great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

29mins

16 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Building a Training and Development Program within MCFA

BJ and Mike discuss MCFA University, the firm’s approach to training and development. Books Mentioned: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Hardcover by Ben Horowitzhttps://amzn.to/2Umr6XPFix This Next: Make the Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business by Mike Michalowiczhttps://amzn.to/3jCN2ZGInspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

20mins

2 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Breaking down the origin of MCFA and Inspiring People & Places with Mike Steadman and BJ Kraemer

In this episode, Mike Steadman, producer of this podcast, interviews BJ. Exploring BJ's history in the military, and diving into the specifics of what brought him to MCFA and the show you are listening to. He provides helpful insight into how the military defined his path, the value in taking risks, and how he is still learning to lead today.Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

43mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Planning: The Art of Possible with Phil Abramson, Founder & CEO of Topology

In the following episode, BJ sits down with Philip Abramson, Founder & CEO of Topology, a real estate consulting firm providing a full range of services in planning, development, and project management. With a focus on urban areas and downtowns, clients include for-profit and nonprofit developers, municipalities, redevelopment agencies, public authorities, and business improvement district entities.Companies and organizations mentioned in this episode:Topologyhttps://topology.is/Books Recommended:Donald T. Phillips-Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Timeshttps://amzn.to/2SAXFBbRobert A. Caro -The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New Yorkhttps://amzn.to/35B1dWFRobert Greene - 48 Laws of Powerhttps://amzn.to/3xxeqfmRon Chernow - Alexander Hamiltonhttps://amzn.to/35yvlC7Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

41mins

18 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Giving Transitioning Veterans a New Tribe, Purpose, and Voice in the AEC Industry with Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group

In this episode, BJ interviews fellow West Point Graduate and Army Veteran Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small that provides general contracting and construction management services for commercial, healthcare, utility, and government clients throughout the eastern United States. Brian earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. After spending six and half years on active duty, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian spent time in the private sector before founding Valiant group in 2017, focusing on a relentless commitment to building a better homefront, community, and customer experience through a relentless commitment to customer development. Brian is unapologetic about his commitment to serving transitioning veterans, which fuels his team's passion for serving the AEC industry. This is an inspiring episode you don’t want to miss. Companies and organizations mentioned in this episode:The Valiant Grouphttps://www.valiantgrouplink.com/The Outdoor Association of True Heroes (OATH)https://www.oathinc.org/Books Mentioned:Michael Thompson- The Heart of a Warrior: Before You Can Become the Warrior, You Must Become the Beloved Sonhttps://amzn.to/3wgtwFKJohn C. Maxwell-The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potentialhttps://amzn.to/3znW0PYPatrick Lencioni- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fablehttps://amzn.to/3xgbHGKJason B.A. Van Camp- Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortablehttps://amzn.to/3xjuEITGay Hendricks- The Big Leaphttps://amzn.to/3wsBawZJohn C. Maxwell- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow Youhttps://amzn.to/3wf1ZVfGeno Wickman- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Businesshttps://amzn.to/2Tft4sFGeno Wickman- What the Heck is EOS?: A Complete Guide for Employees in Companies Running on EOShttps://amzn.to/2Tnhn3iSebastian Junger- Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonginghttps://amzn.to/35agCgvCalls-to-action: Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

57mins

11 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.2

In part 2 to last week's episode of Inspiring People & Places, Producer and Marine Corps Veteran “IRON” Mike Steadman, continues his interview with MCFA President & CEO, BJ Kreamer to discuss the importance of cultivating an intentional company culture, the roadblocks of building out a trusted team, and the challenges of running a successful professional service firm in the AEC industry. Resources mentioned in this episode:Og Mandino- The Greatest Salesman In The WorldPurchase here: https://amzn.to/3cg1KBoRobert T. Kiyosaki- Rich Dad Poor DadPurchase here: https://amzn.to/3inAvbANapoleon Hill- Think and Grow RichPurchase here: https://amzn.to/3g7tGbEInspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

45mins

4 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Getting Transparent on Podcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship with BJ Kraemer, MCFA President & CEO PT.1.

In this episode, Inspiring People & Places Producer and Marine Corps Veteran “IRON” Mike Steadman, interviews MCFA President & CEO, BJ Kreamer, to shed some transparency on why he decided to start a podcast, his journey from the battlefield to MCFA, and the challenges of running a successful professional service firm in the AEC industry. Resources mentioned in this episode:Dan Sullivan- Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating TeamworkPurchase here: https://amzn.to/3p0XFGoInspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

38mins

28 May 2021

Rank #8

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Bringing Fun and Customer Service to the (AEC) Industry with Cristen Sheppard, MCFA’s Director of Marketing

In this episode, BJ sits down with MCFA’s Director of Marketing, Christen Sheppard. Christen shares her journey from college and working at a juice bar, to entering the A/E/C industry, where for the last six years she’s led MCFA’s marketing and customer service efforts. Resources mentioned in this episode:“Everything in moderation, including moderation”- Cristen’s GrandfatherPatrick Lencioni- Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Naked-Business-Shedding-Sabotage/dp/0787976393/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=getting+naked&qid=1621614788&sr=8-1Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

20mins

21 May 2021

Rank #9

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Success Comes One Step at a Time with Mother of Two, Federal Planner, and Entrepreneur Jilian Breeden, Founder and President of Engage Federal LLC

In the following episode, BJ sits down with Jilian Breeden, the Founder and President of Engage Federal LLC (Engage), a woman-owned small business (WOSB) located in the Washington DC area specializing in data-driven, results-focused facilities planning services. Jilian has two decades of planning and programming experience, primarily supporting federal government clients, including DoD, GSA, DOT, NOAA, EPA, FBI, and AOC. Resources mentioned in this episode:“There’s no change in the comfort zone and no comfort in the change zone.” - Unknown“One step at a time, one day at a time, just today, just this day to get through.”- Linda Sue Park - A Long Walk to Waterhttps://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Water-Based-Story/dp/0547577311/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=along+walk+to+water&qid=1621002241&sr=8-1Inspiring People and Places is brought to you by MCFA. Visit our website www.MCFAglobal.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter where we curate some of the top industry articles of the week and give you a dose of inspiration as you head into the weekend! MCFA IS HIRING!! If you or anyone you know are looking to work in the Planning, Project Development, Project Management, or Construction Management field, contact us through our website. Interns to Executives...we need great people to help us innovate and inspire, plan, develop and build our nation's infrastructure. Check out our MUST FILL positions here https://mcfaglobal.com/careers/. We reward the bold and the action-oriented so if you don’t see a position but think you are a fit...send us an email! Learn more at www.MCFAGlobal.com

49mins

14 May 2021

Rank #10