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Episode 29: Vince LaTerra (Bonacio Construction Inc.)

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In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster have a chat with Vince LaTerra, the Project Manager at Bonacio Construction! If you live in Saratoga, you've heard of these guys, and there's a lot of advice this successful businessman has to offer in this episode! What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!

00:15 - Introduction: A Friendly Update

01:26 - Training Babies to Sleep

02:36 - Mike’s Son Locks Him Out

04:20 - It’s Time for the Show - With Vince LaTerra, Project Manager!

06:37 - 12 Jobs at Once?!

07:23 - Specialized Software? No Way! Notebook and Pencil!

09:08 - Determining Priorities

10:36 - Everything is a Problem

13:13 - Antics in the Attic

15:32 - Why Construction?

17:12 - Doing Right by Retention

19:18 - Getting the Train Back on Track

21:34 - The Resources You Should Have!

23:33 - Sourcing Staff

26:31 - The Bonacio Path: From Greenhorn to Construction Champ

28:15 - The Traits to Look For

30:13 - The Generation War

31:55 - Learning From the (Noisy) Old Guard… And Your Mistakes!

36:17 - Vince’s Secret to Success: Consistency!

37:18 - Manager and Salesman: Can the Roles Coexist?

39:00 - The 40 Under 40 Award, and the Shaken & Stirred Event

41:35 - Vince’s One Key Piece of Advice: Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses!

42:50 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Vince LaTerra

  • Runtime

    44 Minutes, 48 Seconds

  • Air Date

    May 15th, 2023