Continental Contractors has been celebrating 20 years in business this year, and Pete has spent 31 years in the hospitality renovation industry. And, while it may be easy to use numbers to illustrate our/Continental’s progress – close to 700 projects working across the United States into the Caribbean, 20 years in business with multiple offices across the country, over 100,000 guestrooms renovated, and more than $1 billion dollars in revenue – that’s not necessarily how we measure our success as a company. For all of those years our core values of humility, integrity, and heart have led the way.
November is National Gratitude Month, which offers us the opportunity to reflect on the causes we’ve had the good fortune of supporting throughout 2023. As we round out our 20th anniversary year, we are humbled by the opportunities, assistance, and wisdom we have gained along the way. We feel extremely grateful to be able to help our community when we can and we look forward to continuing this practice into the new year.
This year, 2023, marks Continental’s 20th year in the hotel renovation industry. We feel so fortunate to have grown our business into the company that we are today, and we know we have only made it this far because of the countless number of great people who worked beside us along the way. We’ll be taking small moments throughout the year to remember and celebrate this milestone, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us. As a kickoff to our celebration, Continental COO Renee Bagshaw interviewed company President and CEO Pete Welch on what he’s learned over the last 20 years – and what he’s looking forward to for the future.
Last month, as a part of Continental Contractors’ Whole Health Initiative, we welcomed Greg Sizemore to our Annapolis office to discuss “Safety Under the Hardhat: Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry.” Speaking to our Annapolis team in person, and our field teams and remote offices virtually, Greg not only provided us with a better understanding of the mental health crisis within the construction industry but also provided actionable steps we can take immediately to look out for each other. Representing the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP), Greg’s industry knowledge, personal stories, and passion for the topic made his presentation relevant and moving, and we were incredibly honored to be able to host him for the day.
Want to know a secret? Continental Contractors is turning 20 this year. Of course, we’ll celebrate the milestones we’ve hit along the way (nearly 100,000 guestrooms renovated and over $1 billion in revenue!) but we want to make sure we also celebrate the people who got us here. Since day one, we have prioritized treating every stakeholder on every project fairly. That includes not only the clients, subcontractors and vendors, and amazing design and architecture teams we work with, but the employees who show up, day after day, and the families at home who support them.
Throughout the last year we have endured both rapid recovery and rough seas in the hospitality and construction industries. We asked Continental Contractors President and CEO Pete Welch for his take on the last 12 months, and what he anticipates for the coming year for Continental and the industry as a whole.
At Continental Contractors, we are celebrating Women in Construction Week by highlighting our own specialty: hospitality construction. Those of us fortunate enough to live in this arena know that we are surrounded by some of the hardest working, energetic, collaborative people every single day. Whether we are coordinating schedules with hotel property management, learning about the owner’s vision for a luxury guestroom, or problem solving on a lobby renovation with subcontractors, we are all ultimately pushing toward the same goal: a successful transformation that will bring the hotel guest a peaceful night’s sleep in a beautifully designed room while away from home.
If you’ve had the pleasure of working in the hospitality industry for any amount of time, you’ll recognize a consistent theme among the people who drive it: it feels like a family. A family full of funny, smart, thoughtful, welcoming people who do their best to BRING their best to the job every day. And, while the realities of the pandemic have made it harder to be there for each other in person, we’re doing our best to get our Continental branch of the family back to the face to face, in person connections that are the cornerstone of the hospitality industry.