Wojcik Builders Inc. – Nick Childs, owner and president
Q: Give us an example of a business challenge your organization faced, as well as how you overcame it.
The death of the business owner. We gathered the troops and told them to pull together, once again, (they’d been through a difficult situation before). The employees all displayed a high level confidence continuing to fulfill our obligations and give our customers a sense of security. In the meantime, my wife, Jami, and I went to work to put together a business plan, secure funds and negotiate the purchase of the company.
The company had experienced another adverse situation in 1997, when then-owner Frank Wojcik was in a serious accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. The older employees had experienced the challenges faced during that time and were able to group together and relieve customers of any fears that we may not be able to fulfill the current projects. All commitments were fulfilled and the business purchase was finalized a year later.
Lesson learned; if you build your team with honesty, trust and mutual respect, your business as a whole will reflect that and you are more likely to have the ability to count on your team to stand beside you to overcome an obstacle that could threaten the business.
Q: In what ways are you an innovative leader, and how does your organization employ innovation to be on the leading edge?
We consistently invest in the latest technology in tools and equipment, we upgrade annually and see that we are knowledgeable in the latest materials and applications to best suite our customer base.
Q: What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned and how have you applied it?
The importance of safety. It should always be in the forefront due to type of work we do.
Safety is of the utmost concern for me; my father was killed in a construction accident when I was 9 years old. Regular safety training is a priority for me; it’s extremely important in our industry. I never want to make a phone call to tell a family member one of my employees will not be coming home.
Q: How does your organization make a significant impact on the community and regional economy?
We keep it local. We award sub-contracts to local contractors, and purchase from and support our local suppliers and vendors as much as we can. We’ve kept 20 of our own people employed year round, all who pay local taxes. We also support local charities and adopt families for the holidays, support the Juvenile Diabetes Association, among other charities and events in the area.