This is the first part of the "Your Little Castle"" Interview of Dan Conway of Conway Contracting, Inc. See the questions below, or click here to see the answers as well.
- Why did you decide to become a contracting engineer?
- When it comes down to the essence of building construction, tell us a little bit about that. What was the path? You gave us a little bit of the background, but give us the in-depth. And then you took the leap after you got that engineering. What compelled you to start your own company?
- What's a personal hobby or passion that might have led to this for you, something that we like to help people become motivated a little bit by what they can learn from what you might have done when you were a kid?
- Talk a little bit about how long have you’ve actually been in business.
- What type of work do you perform?
- What's a good fit for you? Who's a good lead for your business? Somebody to say, 'I need Dan's work.'
- So as a matter of the whole process, somebody could come in and say, 'We need to get the land. We need to get the survey. We need to get everything from start to finish.' You could help a company put that in place, right?
- What is it about your business that really fuels your passion? I mean, obviously, something that you started a long time ago, you keep this going – what is it you love about what you do?
- What types of buildings do you normally focus on?
- How far outside of St. Louis do you do work?
- A lot of people are familiar with the residential side of construction. How does commercial construction differ from what you see when you're doing residential?
- Is there more to it that would add cost, especially when we start building up? Because in most residential, it's rare you get a house that's over two or three stories. Once you get into those fourth, fifth higher levels, does that add to some of the construction?
- Are you part of these companies or these cities revitalizing a little bit? As St. Louis and other cities get older, they'll tear down a building and put something new there.
- It takes the commercial-grade professional builders. Your industry is obviously very competitive. What do you think has really allowed you to have so much success here in St. Louis?
- How often do you have to play nice with the other people that are going to have to contribute, and bring in contractors that specialize in certain components and build certain things? That's where you have to kind of be the overseer, right?
- (Click the link to view the responses Dan gave!)