We had the good fortune of connecting with Brendan Flanigan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brendan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The entrepreneurial world is filled with inspiring and successful people espousing the merits of a “risk it all” mentality. While this makes for good motivational content, I believe there is something to be said about a more calculated approach to risk taking that doesn’t put you and your family in needless financial disarray. Can you venture off on your own and build a brand from the ground up without any risk at all? Of course not. And the likelihood of stumbling (or crashing down) along the way is inherent throughout almost any endeavor worth pursuing. But keeping a sane perspective on the risk/reward analysis is essential for long term success not just in business, but life in general.
That being said, I believe strongly in the power of intuition and there are times when that too needs to be the guiding force in your decision making. It all depends on countless variables, and we learn to navigate these twists and turns as we mature.
In short, be courageous but be smart. And be ready to afford yourself some grace and forgiveness should your analysis or intuition fail you.
What should our readers know about your business?
When I was about 14 years old, my Mom had a major remodel/addition done to our house in upstate New York and that’s when I really started learning the trades. I helped with the roofing, siding, landscaping, insulation, drywall , and of course, the demo. I sort of fell in love with whole process then and there. We also went though a whole slew of contractors and remodeling companies, ranging from halfway decent to downright terrible. I am still fixing/altering their mistakes and cut corners every time I visit.
I’ve found that many people have had similarly disappointing experiences with tradesmen and it’s taken a toll on the general reputation of the home repairs/remodeling industry. As someone who takes great pride in his work, I’d like to see our public image restored to it’s former glory (whenever that was!) and the onus is on us to be that change. We do after all specialize in repairs, so let’s start with that one. It’s not even that difficult when you think about it. Just be honest, reliable, professional, and do quality work. People notice that stuff!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A trip to Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a show at Redrocks, so that would be non-negotiable granted the weather allowed. As for indoor venues, The Fox, The Boulder Theater, Fillmore Auditorium, and The Gothic are all great to bring friends and family. If they visited in the fall, a trip up to Kebler pass (or really anywhere in the hills) to see the Aspens would be in order. As for food and drink, there are almost too many gems to list…or maybe I just really like to eat and drink! Voodoo donuts off Colfax is is a staple, as well as The Buff and The Village Coffee Shop in Boulder. The best pizza around has got to be Smackdaddy in Longmont, but Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs is just too iconic to skip. So we’d just have to eat pizza twice. The best beer, burgers, and fries combos can be found at any of the Mountain Sun locations but my favorites are Longs Peak Pub and Southern Sun. Lastly, if my guest was one of the 2 or 3 people I know who share my love of sushi, we’d have to stop at Zanmai and Hapa.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been so many influences, both positive and negative, that have contributed to my current position and trajectory. I could never list all of them but the following are the people for whom I am the most grateful:
My Mom for raising me with all the things that matter and none of what doesn’t. It’s from her that I get my work ethic and my allergy to the inauthentic. My Dad for answering every last juvenile inquiry I would conjure up during our long car rides across northern NY together, and for being my first superhero. My Wife for balancing out my otherwise destructively asymmetrical disposition and for truly believing in me as deeply and as honestly as I have always believed in her.
Lastly, I want to thank my first and only real face to face mentor in the realm of residential construction, Danny Newman. I apprenticed under Danny for 12 years and it is through his teaching and guidance that I took this path in life. Without his example of what quality workmanship and honest customer service looks like, I may have jumped ship and found another mode of work long ago. Whenever I’m feeling particularly challenged on a job or project, I think of him and consider what he would do and how he would handle the situation. It’s always the same course of action: Do it right.
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