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Huge Growth and Succession in a Family Business: The Mentors Radio Host Ric Brutocao Talks with Guest Tim Psomas

Date: November 15, 2017
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Tim Psomas

If you own or plan to launch a family business, then planning for growth and succession are easy to put off to think about later, in the fury of working the business—nonstop paddling the boat and trimming the sails to get it launched and steady. But taking eyes off the destination, including all that’s needed to ensure safe arrival and sustenance at the destination, is essential to success. The Mentors Radio host Ric Brutocao knows this well. That’s why he will interview Tim Psomas, chairman emeritus of family-founded and run Psomas Engineering Services, one of the top engineering firms in the U.S..

As a young boy, Psomas accompanied his father on surveying jobs and liked it so much that he realized it could become his life’s work. Over the past more than 40 years, Psomas ended up working and growing the family firm from a small family start-up to a large engineering services company spread over multiple states. Today the family succession involves a $100 million dollar company, but this family did not neglect attentive risk management and planning all along the way.
Psomas also talks about keys to successful growth, but more than growth he talks about problem-solving. Early on Psomas learned a shortcut for problem-solving. As he puts it, if you have a problem, ask your competitor. It might sound counter-intuitive and even suicidal for a company to ask its competitor how they solve a problem, but Psomas reveals why it works and why it’s a smart thing to do.

“I hope listeners enjoy this show as much as I do,” says Brutocao, who encourages people to have pen and notepad ready as they listen. “To my surprise, I can’t tell you how many times during these interviews I’ve found myself saying ‘I wished I’d known that during my nearly 50 years in business!’ You just never stop learning, walking away with a few nuggets of new insight. The Mentors Radio Show promises to challenge your thinking about work and life, and our remarkable guests deliver that promise in spades, that’s for sure!”

Host Ric Brutocao is one of the rotating CEO hosts of “The Mentors” radio show whose expertise includes past president of DACOR, partnering with and re-structuring companies in such varied industries as wine, baking, real estate and nonprofits, as well as starting, leading and selling various companies in the tech space. Several of his peers consider Brutocao to be one of the best operational leaders they’ve ever met and will call on him to help them out as needed.
One of Brutocao’s greatest passions is helping others succeed in achieving their dreams and finding fulfillment. Mentoring others is something Brutocao, Tom Loarie and John Phillips—the rotating hosts of “The Mentors” Radio—have done and continue to do, regardless of how busy they are at any given time.

Host Phillips is the co-founder and co-owner, with his wife, Mary, of one of the largest and most customer-centric stained glass window companies in the industry–Associated Crafts & Willet-Hauser, some of whose legacy stained glass are more than a century old,. Host Tom Loarie, a pioneering CEO in the life sciences industry, responsible for bringing more than 20 medical devices to market, some of them life-saving, and currently CEO of Bryologyx.

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