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Carroll Bradford Makes The Orlando Business Journal’s Fast 50 2019

By  and   –  Orlando Business Journal

Carroll Bradford Inc. has come a long way from its humble beginnings when brothers-in-law Jon Menke and Stephen Barnett co-founded the company in a small shared office.

The family-owned construction services provider in 2018 celebrated its best and most profitable year since its start nine years ago. It was named one of Central Florida’s largest privately held companies last year and now boasts nearly 200 workers. The company has continued to sustain significant growth without jeopardizing the quality of its product or its professionalism, reporting $54.8 million in 2018 revenue, a significant uptick from the $38.6 million reported in 2017. Currently, the Orlando-based company is looking to diversify its offerings in anticipation of market changes.

“We replace the roofs over people’s heads and lay the foundation of their homes — which are the two most important parts of any home,” said Barnett, CFO. “We have been trusted by thousands of homeowners across the state along with national homebuilders to deliver exceptional results. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, expertise, integrity and exceeding expectations.”

That said, the company — like most of its competitors — has struggled to recruit talent in the highly competitive construction market. To overcome that, it has streamlined its recruiting process, finding that its unique company culture attracts and retains top talent. “Company leadership listens, communicates and collaborates with our employees as we focus on our shared mission, vision and core company values,” Barnett said.

What surprises him most about his company’s growth is the consistent, steady demand for new home construction. Central Florida has a strong demand for new homes and Carroll Bradford works with several national homebuilders — performing concrete work and recently expanded into roofing — to fulfill that demand in this market. Looking ahead, Barnett wants Carroll Bradford to have a national reach as the most trusted name in the industry.

Carroll Bradford earned a spot on Orlando Business Journal‘s 2019 Fast 50 list, which recognizes Central Florida’s 50 fastest-growing private companies headquartered in Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Osceola counties. The firms were ranked based on their percentage of revenue growth from 2016-2018.


Here’s more from Barnett:

What motivates you to grow your company? Our employees. When my brother-in-law and I founded Carroll Bradford, we had a shared vision to grow our business and have the opportunity to serve the needs of our community. We have completed countless projects and our employees strive to serve our customers by delivering the highest level of customer service and quality craftsmanship.

What are your top three strategic goals?

  1. Delivering an exceptional product that exceeds our customer’s expectations
  2. Hiring the right people who believe in our mission, vision and company values
  3. Continuing to be innovative as we keep up with market demand

How will your company scale as it grows? We are fortunate to have a great reputation as a wonderful place to work in the construction industry. We take a very strategic and measured approach as we take on new projects. We never want to over promise or under deliver, so we make sure we have the manpower and resources before we take on new projects.

What does day-to-day work look like in your role? I manage the overall daily operations at Carroll Bradford. You often will find me working to streamline operations or collaborating with our sales team to increase our sales. I also forecast projected revenue and manage our budget.

What are you known for? I’m very good with numbers, solving problems and being fair to all.

What are your favorite springtime activities? Spending time with my family is something I enjoy the most. In my free time, I’m usually with my family vacationing in the Bahamas or at Wizarding World of Harry Potter [at Universal Orlando Resort] with my 6-year-old son.

What should everyone stand up for? Work hard and always put your family first.


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