013: The art of making yourself available to help others with Rick Gallier
About Rick Gallier Jr.
Rick B. Gallier, Jr. has been around construction his entire life. Upon graduation from college in 1995, he and his father started a concrete and metal building erection company, which later merged with Super Structures General Contractors, Inc. in 2003. Some projects Rick, Jr. has been involved in include assisted living facilities, industrial, multi family, manufacturing, warehouse buildings, retail, medical offices and state and federal projects. Rick, Jr. has brought his experiences to the company, along with the knowledge of all aspects of metal building construction.
Rick, Jr. holds a BA in International Business from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia and a MSc in Project Management with a concentration in Construction and Infrastructure from The University of Liverpool in Liverpool, England.
What has your business been doing through the recession to survive the past few years?
· “Anything we can really, we were general contractors but we had to scale down to be sub-contractors just to survive!”
How has the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses course benefitted you?
· “It’s opened so many doors just knowing how to network and also it’s instilled confidence throughout the whole entire office, getting to know our processes better and knowing how to run your company by the numbers.”
What items specifically have you been applying that you learned at Goldman Sachs?
· “Run your company by the numbers! It used to be garbage in, garbage out and now it’s realistic numbers in and out and it helps to make people accountable for what they do for the business. With that, the sales have increased tremendously”
Share with us one of your best networking stories
· “Just being at Babson college and meeting people like you and everyone else there was just huge for me.”
How do you stay in front of your network or community?
· “I’ve contacted some about making a working relationship but I’ve also chosen to reach out to a lot of the people from my group during our time at Babson.”
What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks?
· “Be available, come out of your shell if you have one, just talk to people! Also read, a lot especially when you’re trying to grow your network.”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
· “Well, since I’ve just broke out of my shell, I’ve been doing both digital and traditional. There’s something special about shaking someone’s hand but we’ve also got a great reputation around Richmond and that’s helped a lot.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
· “I would probably go back and kick myself in the butt! But more seriously; listen more, talk less, trust more, give a person their due but also check and verify.”
Who would you love to connect with and do you think you could do it within 6 degrees?
· “I would love to meet Donald Trump but I don’t know about 6 degrees. My father has met plenty of presidents in his time and I would like to meet at least one.”
What book are you reading right now?
· “I’m actually reading 12 books for work right now because I’ve got to take a test but I’m reading, ‘Get Your Business to Work’ by George Hedley which is very similar to what we studied but with more of a construction emphasis. I’m also reading a book for fun called, ‘I Am Spock’ by Leonard Nimoy which is about all the lives he’s touched and things he’s done.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
· “Just be available to the extent that your family, your god, and your country always comes first. Always treat people with respect and give the person the benefit of the doubt.”
You can get in contact with Rick Gallier at:
Email Rick at RickJR@SuperStructures.com
Call his office at 804 – 379 - 9900