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Weyen Burnam – StorageMart

So what do you do when rain ruins a day in the sun on South Padre Island in Texas? Start a chain of self-storage facilities. That’s how StorageMart was founded by Gordon Burnam, recalls his grandson, Weyen Burnam. While exploring the island with his family, Gordon struck up a conversation with the owner of a […]

Marc Rienow – Gengras Motor Cars

They told him when he started he wouldn’t be asked to work at the auto dealerships. No, Marc Rienow was hired specifically to care for the Gengras family’s 40-acre estate in central Connecticut; he’d not be setting foot on Motor Cars lots or inside showrooms. That didn’t last long—within three months after his 1993 hiring, […]

Patrick Inaba – Federal Realty Investment Trust

At a ritzy rooftop wine and cheese reception in Miami’s Coconut Grove, the air feels almost alive—a mix of ocean brine, merengue and Channel No. 5. The guests, revelrous and relaxed, are mingling in the open-air space surrounded by silver platters laden with pricey hors d’oeuvres—until one of them reaches for a canape and gets […]

Tom Stewart – Mister Car Wash

He’s got lots of “Mister-izing” to oversee. Such as in the Tri-Cities region of southeast Washington state, where Mister Car Wash recently enhanced its status as the nation’s largest chain of its kind. It bought seven car washes in the municipalities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, and all either have been upgraded or are undergoing […]

Jonathan Thomas – Autobell Car Wash

If you take your vehicle through a conveyor car wash, you’ll likely notice the process looks and feels much like it did 10 or 20 years ago: the streams of soapy water; the large cloth mittens bathing your car much like a zookeeper washes an elephant; and the high-velocity air dryers at tunnel’s end. But […]

Bob Engel – API of NH/Delta T

Growing up in Burlington, Massachusetts, Bob Engel Jr. remembers writing in his yearbook that his career goal was to be self-employed, just like his father, Bob Sr. was. There was no other man in the world he respected more. It’s been 41 years since Engel committed to following in his father’s footsteps at the family-owned […]

Simon Holwill – SHAPE Properties Corp.

The Amazing Brentwood, scheduled to open in spring 2021 in Burnaby, British Columbia, is nothing like the city bordering Vancouver has ever seen. It pierces the skyline with three glass towers, two at 60 stories, one at 54, on 8 acres. Those towers, with 1,500 residential units, rise out of a 500,000-square-foot mall and podium on top of 1.2 million […]

Guy Beasley – R&R Industries

When Guy Beasley left the journalism industry to help open a roofing company in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2003—a year before three hurricanes struck the state—it didn’t take long for him to see the business model’s potential. Fast forward 17 years, and Beasley’s company has reached new heights with the acquisition of the much larger […]

Vincent Bruzzese – Brookfield Properties

They’ll be back. Vincent Bruzzese can’t predict exactly how or when, but he knows many are returning to their offices and more will, as COVID-19 abates, and a vaccine is developed. As a director on New York-based Brookfield Properties’ construction team, Bruzzese helps guide interior reconstruction projects throughout the city, most notably at the company’s Manhattan headquarters. Change came to office landscapes well before the coronavirus pandemic. Cubicles and paneled conference rooms are […]

Caitlin Summers – MOM’s Organic Market

This grocery chain’s latest opening had some curve balls thrown its way. COVID-19 has had such effects on construction projects everywhere, but it wouldn’t unduly delay MOM’s Organic Market from expanding to Abington, Pennsylvania, this past Sept. 4. Oh, it took some pivoting, acknowledges Caitlin Summers, the new director of construction and facilities who oversaw […]

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