We had the good fortune of connecting with Audree Grubesic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audree, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I didn’t really have a balance to my day. At the beginning of my career, I felt I had less structure. I really never blocked out time for work, family, and play. As my career changed and I started to have children, I started preparing more time for each area of work and family, the play was just scheduled when I was free. Since then, today I’m finding that balance in my spiritual practice with mediation is my daily morning ritual and it allows my work to flow much better. I’m working less on weekends because resting and playing are important contributors to my success in work and life. I am more confident in my work and breathing more in times of stress, reduces my feelings of anxiousness or anxiety. I’m also able to get my tasks done more quickly. I review things over several days, instead of an instant response. I’m allowing others to contribute and realizing more help allows things to get done in the right amount of time. Balance is the key to not having burnout, and I remind myself to feel more joy each day. I have also spread things out to get tasks completed and block out several times each week to help with the workload.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am in construction through offsite methods of building commercial and residential project. I specialize in modular or volumetric building practices. I started Modular Sure Site, 3 1/2 years ago. I am the owner, project manager, accountant, insurance gather, building material purchaser and client liason. I have completed 5 of my own single family homes. I was a lone ranger in an industry that makes up only 9% of the total construction world. I was the new business development director for several traditional building companies and now I was in the role of operations, purchasing, hiring subcontractors, working with several modular factories, new clients and a new way to build a home. I have since shifted from residential projects to consulting and managing commercial projects. Currently the largest one is a 29 Unit modular condo project, along with townhomes, duplex and 4-plex projects. I am consulting with many land developers and traditional builders that want to learn and execute this form of construction. The challenges have been many but the growth of having boots on the ground and learning everything from excavation, MEP (mechanicals, electrical and plumbing) to hinged roof systems has been eye opening. There are so many areas to learn about in building, from the soils report and land, to the site work and modular constructed buildings processes. My brand is still growing and holds great value to individuals and companies learning the forms of Offsite construction. I am a women owned and operated, in a very male dominated world of business. I’m encouraged to see many more females join our teams. I started a new media platform called OffsiteDirt.com based off my Offsite Construction Series where I interviewed industry leaders and experts in volumetric, panelization, technology, community development and factory designs. I did this because there wasn’t any one bringing people together to talk about this niche industry within a larger industry. The one thing I have learned above all, we don’t have all the answers. We need collaboration with leaders in the industry, so we can continue to gain knowledge in a form of construction that is still expanding and growing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them on a hike in the mountain of Colorado. It doesn’t matter which trail or how far we walk. I’m a big fan of being outdoor and connecting with Mother Earth. The connection of walking, hiking, and talking is one of my most favorite things to do. It brings us back to feeling heard and really listening to what is on our minds and sharing stories. The weekend – Friday night, dinner Friday night Moonlite hike Saturday, early morning mediation, great healthy breakfast, hike, lunch, and either visiting a Spa or Hot Spring; relax dinner and share stories about happy or sad memories. We would close out with an evening mediation or hike Sunday, early morning with a mediation. Then enjoy a great healthy breakfast, one last hike, healthy lunch, and ride home. This time together usually comes with its own fun, laughter, and freedom to enjoy each other’s company. It’s getting back to simple connections that are ideal for me now.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As is always the support from my family has been amazing. Being in construction is a difficult business to be in for so many reasons. My husband, Paul has been a big strength and constantly brings in support, positive vibes and contribution. My children, Jake and Jessee have seen me work hard and now that they are in college, they continue to encourage me to stay focused and positive. There are others in the building industry that have encourage me from Cheryl Schuette, Jay Sclonick, Greg Krom, Bruce & Brenda Thompson, David Papen, Steve Bennett and Sarah McDaniels. For these amazing people, their direction, support, education and encouragement is priceless. I feel blessed to know them and value our business friendships. Lastly, Josephine, Darci and Mary who have opened my eyes and ears to endless opportunities to find my truth, wisdom and power.
Audree Grubesic Mountain House – Virtuance Company (audree paid for these images)