Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Goslovich.
Andrew, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in rural northern Minnesota, I spent my summers working in a little lawn mowing business that I started. Once I turned 16 and could work a regular job I got hired on with a local home builder as a general laborer.
During that time, I learned how to be a carpenter and fell in love with the work. I later went on to college because I wanted to do more with my life, and decided to get a degree in cross-cultural communication that would prepare me for international and relief work. Over the course of that time, I realized that the international gig wasn’t right for me at the time, but I had developed a real interest in business.
Around that time, I lost my job due to the recession and had a job offer to come out to Colorado. My wife and I decided that it would be a good idea to move now, while we had the chance, and came out to Denver. However, it was still during the recession, so I bounced around to different contractors as a project manager until they all ran out of work.
In 2012, after having our first child and needing consistent income, I decided to start my own business. However, as all business owners know, at the beginning of starting a business there is no such thing as consistent income. With the encouragement of many friends and family, I determined to stick with it through the tough times.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Unfortunately, owning a business has not necessarily been a smooth road and in fact, it has felt like an uphill battle much of the time. It has also been a great learning experience and every year it keeps me growing and doing a lot of self-development that has led to irreplaceable life experience.
I think one of the main things that I have learned is that you really have to lean into the discomfort and difficulties instating of avoiding it otherwise the problems just get bigger and bigger. When I started seven years ago, it took a while to figure out what I should focus on. I began to discover that the more I narrowed my focus to specialize in one thing, the more successful the company became.
Integrity Building and Roofing – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a roofing company that serves the residential and commercial markets. The superhero’s that we assist are real estate professionals and those connected to the sale. These are realtors, home inspectors, landlords, property managers, and real estate investors.
What I’m the most proud of as a company is our team. They all have a very unique story that has gotten them to this point. What makes us different from other companies is always a hard question to answer since as customers, we have all had different experiences with contractors, but here is what I think makes us different.
One is that we have a great team. Two is our unique seven step stress reducing customer experience system that all of our clients go through. Three is that we are local and planning to keep it that way. Four is that 1% of all revenue goes to a couple of local non-profits that we work with.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
What I would say about success is that you have to, first of all, define it. Your personal definition probably looks very different from other peoples definition. In fact, I think your definition of success is at the core of your values and who you are as a person.
Personally, I feel that we tend to think of success in terms of financial gain and although that plays a part, it can’t be the only factor. I believe that you need to have some sort of a mission and vision statement to get you to your definition of success. My personal mission statement is to create a sphere of influence or platform from which I can help affect change in this world.
Therefore, success would be if I can answer yes to the following: have I been fair and ethical in my dealings with others? Have I supported and inspired others? Have I had more quality time with my family? Have I deepened my friendships and connections? Have I been able to give back?
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