In Your Words: Wisdom From 2019’s Profiled Contractors

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Each year, Dig Different profiles individuals and companies who stand out in their positions. Enjoy their witticisms and advice we have collected from 2019’s issues.

Sharon Bonner
Sharon Bonner

“I always look to the future. You can’t just say, ‘This is what we’re doing now and it’s working, so we’ll just keep doing it.’ Things change, and you have to be ready to adapt to those changes. I’ve never really been fearful of taking risks. If you have the finances and resources and can afford to take a calculated risk, it usually pays off. You need to continually move forward.”

— Sharon Bonner, owner of Bradley Tanks, Inc. in Danville, California


Becky Thompson
Becky Thompson

“In this day and time, we think that promoting our company with our website is the best way to spend our advertising budget. Being able to spend some of my time each week to keep things current is time well-spent and of great value.”

— Becky Thompson, co-owner of Crawler Pipeline Services in Raleigh, North Carolina


Bill Tatro III
Bill Tatro III

“We don’t have a lot of any one kind of work to do, so to stay busy year-round, we have to offer a lot of different services. Sometimes it feels like we do way too many things, and other times it feels like we don’t do enough. We like to be the only company a customer needs to call.”

— Bill Tatro III, CEO of Snowbridge Inc. in Breckenridge, Colorado


Scott Sanchez
Scott Sanchez

“I had to learn everything the hard way.You can’t go crazy when the money comes in; you’ve got to save your money for a rainy day. We took a bunch of steps backward, but I’m an eternal optimist. I think most entrepreneurs are, and they have to be. It’s not always about how much you make, it’s about what you do with it.”

— Scott Sanchez, owner of S&S Directional Drilling in Norco, California


Guy Rimoldi and Ed Morgan
Guy Rimoldi and Ed Morgan

“Our success stems from much more than being at the right place at the right time. We developed a training and mentoring program that produces employees who can utilize our equipment, innovations and technology in ways that deliver superior value to customers. Superior equipment and well-trained employees are basically our whole business model.”

— Guy Rimoldi, president and co-owner of Southern Hydro Vac in Powder Springs, Georgia


Ken Wittig
Ken Wittig

“We really value our employees. Everyone is unique, and Northstar tries to accommodate individual needs and family situations as they arise. We support our employees whenever possible, whether they have a last-minute family emergency, require time off, or need financial help for, say, a flight home to deal with personal circumstances. It’s extremely important that all of our employees are able to do the job required by the customer in a safe and competent manner, then return home safely at the end of the day to their families. If your employees operate in an unsafe manner and are a liability to your customers on work sites, no one will hire you. And with no work, you’re out of business in a hurry.”

— Ken Wittig, business development manager and part owner of Northstar Hydrovac in Grande Prairie, Alberta


Jason Herd
Jason Herd

“It was a challenge to navigate growth on the utility side of the business — ensure we didn’t get too far ahead of ourselves and buy equipment before we had enough need for it. You get excited about this one job and expect you’re going to get five others right after it, but that’s usually not how it works.”

— Jason Herd, vice president and part owner of Fairway Utilities in Ancaster, Ontario



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