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Interviews and Discussions about life, business, architecture, construction, and more.

Interviews and Discussions about life, business, architecture, construction, and more.


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Interviews and Discussions about life, business, architecture, construction, and more.






Creating Structure Podcast #31 Mark Silverberg, Former President (Retired), Technoform NA, Stern & Company, Consultant, Now Volunteer to Non Profits

Better late than never? Definitely with this Podcast. After some "technical difficulties," my audio producer extraordinaire, Joshua (see below for links), got this synced and edited to publishable form. So without further delay, I am pleased introduce my conversation with friend, collaborator, executive thought leader, former owner of two businesses, Mr. Mark Silverberg. This episode was recorded in January 2022. After listening to it three times, there's so many nuggets of wisdom,...


Creating Structure Podcast #30, Kevin McClintick, PE, CEO, Principal Design Engineer, AWS Inc

Kevin McClintick, PE, is a professional engineer, company founder and owner of Architectural Wall Systems, Inc, (AWS), Director of MCAL Software, LLC, and a structural and systems engineering specialist in curtain wall, cladding, exterior architectural component systems. This is a unique and engaging discussion between industry peers, competitors, and professional engineers - two company founders, CEO's, curtain wall/cladding/facade design professionals, PE's, riffing about and romping...


Creating Structure Podcast #29, Oliver Stepe, President, YKK AP America Inc.

Just in time to ring in the new year I welcome Oliver Stepe, President, YKK AP America Inc., to the program. This inspiring and informative interview covers Oliver's path from growing up in Long Island, to college, to glazing sub contractor, to US Aluminum, to YKK, and his ascension from regional technical sales professional to President of the business. Oliver has great insights into team-building, adding value, consultative sales, approaching work, analytics, new ideas, marketing, thought...


Creating Structure Podcast #28, Rens F. Hayes, IV, PE, Principal at H+O Structural Engineering

Rens F Hayes, IV, PE, is a Co-founder and Principal of H+O Structural Engineering. A 2010 graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BSCE, and obtaining also a MSCE from WPI in 2012, Rens has fast-tracked his professional growth. With a personal and family history in business, Rens co-founded H + O in 2016. Rens is progressive, mature, and experienced beyond his years, and is inspiring. He is quite prolific in his writing, influencer posts on LinkedIn, and participation in the PSMJ...


Creating Structure Podcast #27, Diana Darling, Co-Founder, President of AN Media Group

In this episode I welcome Diana Darling to the podcast. Entrepreneur, publisher, co-founder, founder, idea generator, president, influencer, event developer, and more can be used to describe Diana professionally. Like many of our guests, her path is interesting. From Texas to London to New York, and points between, Diana has a unique path. You'll hear about it in the podcast. I met Diana through one of the first Facades + events, one of her education and networking venues. I have enjoyed...


Creating Structure Podcast #26, Barbara Kotsos, Director of Marketing/Marketing Strategist, Giroux Glass

Welcome Barbara Kotsos to the show. I met Barb in 2014 just after she joined Giroux Glass. If you want to understand more about marketing, what marketer's do, and what a professional marketer is doing in the specialty subcontracting field, this is a "must listen." It's like a short course on the value of marketing in any business, but the application to subcontracting is compelling. Whether you employ a marketer or not, or if you've thought about it, you'll be thinking even more after...


Creating Structure Podcast #25, John Marx, Chief Artistic Officer - Owner at Form4 Architecture

Step into the mind of master architect, artist, author, poet, speaker, & business owner, John Marx of Form4 Architects . John is a co-founding partner/Chief Artistic Office at Form4. The firm is best known for shaping the all-amenity tech campus concept in the Silicon Valley. John also designed the area’s first all electric net positive office building. Philosophically, John is a proponent of Second Century Modernism. He paints, writes poetry, serves on the board of the San Francisco Art...


Creating Structure Podcast #24, Mike Russo, Owner/President & CEO, SPS Corporation

Welcome to the Creating Structure Podcast #24. My guest is Mr. Mike Russo, Owner, President and CEO of SPS Corporation. In addition to a lot of "who's who" in the curtain wall and cladding industry world, we cover a lot of ground here on history, current realities, SPS's work, trends, future, and more. We've got Mike's inspiring story of overcoming adversity as a young man, and becoming the 1st person in his family to go to and graduate from college. After graduating from Lycoming College,...


Creating Structure Podcast #23, Marshall Brandon, Someplace To Be Somebody

Sunday is an appropriate day to post this conversation with Marshall Brandon. This is the first Creating Structure Podcast of it's type to share a "human interest" story outside of the context of building, architecture, facade, but inside the context of everyone, every human life, personally, or professionally. It is a story of hope, renewal, redemption, recovery, deliverance; that with God all things are possible. From Alabama to Youngstown, to Vietnam, to Akron, to prison, prison to...


Creating Structure Podcast #22, Syndi Sim, Diamon-Fusion International (DFI), VP of Marketing and Business Development

Welcome to another episode of the Creating Structure Podcast. In this session I talk with Syndi Sim, Vice President of Marketing, Diamon-Fusion International. Coming from a family of lawyers, and those in the legal field, Syndi received degrees in criminal justice, criminology, and intended to be an attorney. After working in the court system for a time, Syndi, realized she needed to make a change and decided to move in a different path. You'll hear how she got from criminal justice work, to...


Creating Structure Podcast #21, Thomas Cornellier, Chief Strategy Officer, TSI Corporations

Welcome to Episode #21 of the Creating Structure Podcast where I interview Thomas Cornellier, Chief Strategy Officer of TSI Corporations. The moment I listened to the the final pre-screen version my first thought was "this is a discussion that needs to be heard." Thomas gives us a window into TSI's culture, core values, generational transference of ownership and responsibility, and much more. Thomas has a lot of energy, is insightful, thinks fast, and has much to share. This episode moves...


Creating Structure Podcast #20, Mark Zwieg, Founder of two Inc 500/5000 companies - Entrepreneur, Professor, Writer, Speaker

In this Creating Structure Podcast, our 20th Episode, I welcome none other than Mark Zweig. Mark is well known in the AEC industry with Mark Zweig Inc., and having been Founder and Chairman of Zweig Group. Mark is now an "Entrepreneur in Residence" and full-time professor in Entrepreneurial studies in the business college at the University of Arkansas. He also writes blogs and articles regularly, which can be found online and in his social media feeds. Taking a pay cut from his bicycle...


Creating Structure Podcast #19, Miles Barr and David Maikowski, Ubiquitous Energy, "Truly Transparent Solar"

"Truly transparent solar" I repeat "Truly Transparent Solar" Welcome to this discussion around innovation, proof of concept, formation, process, technology, advancement and growth with Miles Barr and David Maikowski of Ubiquitous Energy. Ubiquitous means "everywhere" and this solar technology could literally be "everywhere" glass surfaces reside. Ubiquitous Energy is a truly transparent BIPV technology like a "Low-E" glass coating, yet creates energy from the sun. Miles Barr is a...


Creating Structure Podcast #18, Shaun Blott, National Sales Manager for JORDAHL Anchor Products

Welcome to Podcast #18. Shaun Blott grew up in Western Canada, born and raised around Calgary, Alberta. Shaun is an expert in two major categories. One of those categories is sales, and this interview has some real "nuggets" of wisdom and practical application that can apply in any scenario, whether doing direct sales or managing a sales group. Shaun has experience in both, along with retail sales and B2B sales in construction products. Much to be gained here. The second category is...


Creating Structure Podcast #17, Patrick MacLeamy, Author, Chairman, buildingSMART Int’l / Former CEO, HOK, FAIA

This episode welcomes Mr. Patrick MacLeamy, Architect, Author, Chairman, Fellow AIA, and so much more. This podcast truly inspires. Patrick grew up in an industrial town in Southern Illinois, and went to architecture school at the University of Illinois. Starting as a project designer at HOK Architects, then a single office in St Louis, Patrick rose to CEO of the company during a career that spanned 50 years. Patrick interviewed with and initially worked under HOK's Gyo Obata, (the "O")...


Creating Structure Podcast #16, Daniel Winterich, Artist / Architect at Studio Winterich

Welcome Daniel Winterich to Episode #16 of the Creating Structure Podcast. Dan is an architect, artist, and helps architects, designers, and building owners distinguish their projects by providing commissioned art, architectural glass, sculpture, water features, and building-integrated art installations. Dan is a 5th generation glass artisan and grew up in his family's business specializing in church interiors, including stained glass installations, and complete interiors. From his LinkedIn...


Creating Structure Podcast #15, Jeff Haber, Managing Partner, W & W Glass, LLC

Episode #15 of the Creating Structure podcast is with Jeff Haber, Managing Partner, W & W Glass LLC, Nanuet, New York . W & W Glass is one of the largest union metal and glass erectors in NYC and the largest supplier of structural glass in North America. This episode could be easily described as a primer on the glass and glazing business, relationship building, value-add selling propositions, and company growth. Jeff is one of the Haber family managing partners in this very successful...


Creating Structure Podcast #14, Tim Finley, Sun Problem Solver, Daylight Fanatic, Owner, T.Fin Building Solutions

Welcome Tin Finley of T.Fin Building solutions to the Creating Structure Podcast. This is a lively discussion that moves through a variety of topics including sales, marketing, glass, glazing, manufacturer's representation, dynamic glass, start-ups, sales-based organizations, technically-based organizations, value propositions, relationship building, trends, COVID-19 awareness, and yes, even ice fishing (Tim lives in Minnesota.) Tim is a self-described "Sun problem solver" and "daylight...


Creating Structure Podcast #13, Jeff Heymann, Vice President, MiTek Structural Framing Division, Benson Industries

Welcome to another Creating Structure Podcast. This session is with Jeff Heymann, Vice President at MiTek Structural Framing Division, Benson Industries. Jeff has a long and influential history in the glass, curtain wall, cladding, facade business. Starting in sales in glass fabrication at Faulkner Glass, Jeff moved up through the industry to a position of influence, selling, managing, and developing business for Benson. It's a fascinating discussion that also covers a bit of the history of...


Creating Structure Podcast #12, Alfonso Lopez, PE, CEO Sentech Architectural Systems, LLC

Alfonso Lopez joins host John Wheaton for an engaged discussion about business, structural engineering, personal growth, advancement, entrepreneurship, key skills in professional development, facade design and engineering, and more. Alfonso has a unique path and learning journey from growing up in South America, immigrating to the United States, obtaining Masters Degrees in Economics and in Structural engineering, and advancing through the industry culminating in the formation and growth of...