Scott Bryan has staked his success on a three-pronged business model that includes federal, commercial and facilities services construction work.
The son of a Colorado Springs homebuilder, Bryan started his multi-million dollar operation by winning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers military jobs during the 1980s and 1990s — “back before it was big.”
His crews are responsible for about $40 million of “hard stand” construction projects at Fort Carson.
Bryan also is chairman of the board of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.
He took time recently to tell the CSBJ about himself and his company.
Organization: Bryan Construction, Inc.
Hometown: Colorado Springs
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: All my life.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in construction management from Colorado State University.
A few words about your company: Bryan Construction is a commercial general contractor providing general construction, design-build and construction management services throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the southwestern United States in the commercial, tenant finish and federal market sectors.
Recent accomplishments: Reaching more than $100 million dollars in sales during 2008; completing the first Gold-certified LEED office building in Colorado Springs at Patriot Park, and completing the Clubhouse and Fitness Center and Spa at The Club at Flying Horse — a one-of-a-kind facility named by Golf Magazine as the best clubhouse of 2007.
Biggest career break or accomplishment: When I decided to form Bryan Construction Inc. to purchase Federal Contracting Inc. — and to merge the two companies.
The toughest part of your job: Hiring people. Even after several interviews you never know if you have hired the person that is talented enough or capable enough to make your team. Normally it takes a year of investing in a new hire to know if they will make it. You cannot grow without the right resources.
Someone you admire: Lance Armstrong. How could you not admire someone who has accomplished so much in life — and all with overcoming cancer.
About your family: My wife is a part-time ranch manager and full-time mother of two boys, Eric, 14, and Wyatt, 13.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: Ensuring that I make it a priority to set aside the time to spend with my two boys to ski, bicycle, scuba dive, horseback ride, hunt and fish — and to keep in shape so I can keep up with them.
I’d also like to build Bryan Construction into a nationally recognized company — and make a difference in our community during my rein as chairman of the board of EDC.
How your business will change in the next decade: We at Bryan Construction have been committed to a diverse work program, both in project type and geographic location. Growth is healthy for a company and I see us empowering our young leadership and expanding our horizons while capitalizing on our past performance record and our reputation for customer service.
What book are you currently reading? “How to have Kick-Ass Ideas” by Chris Barez Brown and “5 Essentials for a Winning Life” by Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Two things. Get the Job Opportunity and Business Sustainability initiative passed during April in order to create primary jobs and aid economic development activities in support of creation, attraction and retention of jobs. I’d also re-brand our community to what it really is: a wonderful place to live with great people and great mountains.