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Episode 26: Paul Lambert (Bonacio Construction)

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Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Paul Lambert, the Project Manager at Bonacio Construction! If you're from Saratoga Springs or Rome, New York, you know these guys - but if not, don't worry! We'll fill you in on everything you need to know about Bonacio Construction and Paul Lambert here, in this stellar episode!

00:15 - Introduction

01:35 - Who is Paul Lambert?

02:40 - What is Bonacio Construction? Where are They Based?

03:52 - What Does Bonacio Do?

07:33 - What’s Sonny Bonacio Like?

09:36 - How Paul Got his Start in the Trades

10:48 - Shoutout to Luke Michaels!

12:12 - Climbing the Ladder

16:14 - Problem-Solving: Every Blue Collar Job is This!

17:13 - Bonacio’s Structure and Systems… Are Relatively New!

20:10 - Tracking Time

21:42 - Hiring: Back in the Day vs. Now… Expectations and Priorities Have Changed!

24:10 - Two Kinds of People: Hard Workers, We Want You!

28:31 - Working Your Way Up… It’s Hard to be Patient Nowadays!

30:48 - Dangling the Carrot… Looking Ahead, Giving Motivation

34:31 - Workforce Development: School’s Not For Everyone, Get Out There and Work!

37:09 - Keep a Low Barrier to Entry: Train the New Workforce!

39:15 - From Your Best Employee to Your Best Subcontractor

41:19 - Retaining Your Workers

43:52 - Paul’s Secret to Success: Never Stop Climbing the Ladder! Keep Setting Goals!

46:00 - Looking at the Calendar

48:12 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Paul Lambert

  • Runtime

    49 Minutes, 57 Seconds

  • Air Date

    April 17th, 2023