Dan Conway Interviewed for ABC Television Show About Commercial Construction Industry

Dan Conway of Conway Contracting, Inc. was recently interviewed by Carter Rethwisch for the "Your Little Castle" show, which aired on ABC-TV in St. Louis in two half hour shows. You can watch the interviews below. We have included the text of the questions below, or you can click the links to the separate pages, where the text of the questions and the answers are included.

Your Little Castle Part 1

Part 1 Questions Below

This is the first part of the "Your Little Castle"" Interview of Dan Conway of Conway Contracting, Inc. See the questions below, or click here to see the answers as well.

  • Why did you decide to become a contracting engineer?
  • When it comes down to the essence of building construction, tell us a little bit about that. What was the path? You gave us a little bit of the background, but give us the in-depth. And then you took the leap after you got that engineering. What compelled you to start your own company?
  • What's a personal hobby or passion that might have led to this for you, something that we like to help people become motivated a little bit by what they can learn from what you might have done when you were a kid?
  • Talk a little bit about how long have you’ve actually been in business.
  • What type of work do you perform?
  • What's a good fit for you? Who's a good lead for your business? Somebody to say, 'I need Dan's work.'
  • So as a matter of the whole process, somebody could come in and say, 'We need to get the land. We need to get the survey. We need to get everything from start to finish.' You could help a company put that in place, right?
  • What is it about your business that really fuels your passion? I mean, obviously, something that you started a long time ago, you keep this going – what is it you love about what you do?
  • What types of buildings do you normally focus on?
  • How far outside of St. Louis do you do work?
  • A lot of people are familiar with the residential side of construction. How does commercial construction differ from what you see when you're doing residential?
  • Is there more to it that would add cost, especially when we start building up? Because in most residential, it's rare you get a house that's over two or three stories. Once you get into those fourth, fifth higher levels, does that add to some of the construction?
  • Are you part of these companies or these cities revitalizing a little bit? As St. Louis and other cities get older, they'll tear down a building and put something new there.
  • It takes the commercial-grade professional builders. Your industry is obviously very competitive. What do you think has really allowed you to have so much success here in St. Louis?
  • How often do you have to play nice with the other people that are going to have to contribute, and bring in contractors that specialize in certain components and build certain things? That's where you have to kind of be the overseer, right?
  • (Click the link to view the responses Dan gave!)

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Your Little Castle Part 2

Part 2 Questions Below

This is the second part of the "Your Little Castle"" Interview of Dan Conway of Conway Contracting, Inc. See the questions below, or click here to see the answers as well.

  • There's a lot that goes into building buildings, especially when you're talking commercial grade. We've got a lot of great examples here we're going to share with everybody. When you're talking about a house mistake with a residential place, it could be a $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 mistake. When you're talking commercial, you could be getting into hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. What kind of mistakes do businesses need to be wary of?
  • Who are the best employees that you feel you hire to come work with you?
  • tell me a time when you really felt like you helped the client. You could tell they were about to make a bad decision or they were already in a tough situation, and you had to come through and say, "Hey, let me explain to you what's going on here."
  • Tell me about the process. Somebody says, "Dan, I want to work with you. What's the process to get started?
  • How has the internet changed the way you do business - from 21 years ago, I’m guessing it’s a lot different.
  • Is there a particular quote you have that you like that helps you stay motivated for what you’ve done over the years?
  • What’s a big challenge you’ve had to overcome in your business career?
  • What is an objection that somebody may have when they're going through the process here, and they're confused, they're concerned, or they have questions? What are the typical ones?
  • What do you get most satisfaction from.At the end of the day, it's got to be pretty exciting to see these buildings you'll put together, right?
  • We know you contribute to the community. You've worked on a lot of charitable stuff. How do you feel like you most contribute? Tell me about some of the projects you've done.
  • Conway Contracting has been doing this for a long time. When it boils down to it, when you come home every night, do you feel good about this? Is this something you get to share with the kids, and you say, "Hey, guys”, is this a family heirloom? Are the kids involved at all?
  • (Click here to view the responses Dan gave!)

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