Jerry Neeser of Neeser Construction featured in Alaska Men in Business, 2002 ed.
News Source: Alaska Men in Business
Publish Date: April 16, 2002
Neeser Construction Inc.
TYPE OF BUSINESS:
High School, U.S. Marine Corps, various construction courses, knocks of life
Associated General Contractors of Alaska member
Divorced; two grown children, two adolescent children
Guiding principle in business:
Be honest and KIS (keep it simple).
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Stay lean and keep the thinking young.
How I measure success:
One day at a time
Motivation for taking career path:
Working with my father in his business.
Biggest professional challenge to date:
Educating owners and clients about the benefits of design/build contracting.
Best business decision:
Moving to Alaska
Worst business decision:
All decisions eventually prove out to be the best.
Most influential person:
My father and the Nuns.
Most important lesson learned in business:
Always find the new niche.
Biggest professional challenge ahead:
Staying competitive within the industry.
Industry changes over the next 5-10 years:
Design/build should emerge as the leading form of contracting.
Advice for someone starting out on a similar career path:
Work hard, stay focused, put together a good team and stick with them. And remember to take time out for your personal life while growing your business.
Goal yet to achieve:
Maintaining the balance between my professional life and personal life.
What I hope to leave as my legacy:
Quality buildings standing after the next quake.
One word that best describes me:
Strongest business skills:
Cutting through the “chaff”.
Like most about my job:
It is continually changing.
Like least about my job:
Constant risk and responsibility.
Childhood career aspiration:
To be a contractor — truly!
What may surprise you to know about me:
I’m really not “Mr. Big”.
Best way to spend $50:
Donate it to someone who really needs it.
Favorite diversion from work:
My cabin and my children.