Inspiring People & Places

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In this episode, BJ interviews fellow West Point Graduate and Army Veteran Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small that provides general contracting and construction management services for commercial, healthcare, utility, and government clients throughout the eastern United States. Brian earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. After spending six and half years on active duty, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian spent time in the private sector before founding Valiant group in 2017, focusing on a relentless commitment to building a better homefront, community, and customer experience through a relentless commitment to customer development. Brian is unapologetic about his commitment to serving transitioning veterans, which fuels his team's passion for serving the AEC industry. This is an inspiring episode you don’t want to miss.

Companies and organizations mentioned in this episode:

The Valiant Group

The Outdoor Association of True Heroes (OATH)

Books Mentioned:

Michael Thompson- The Heart of a Warrior: Before You Can Become the Warrior, You Must Become the Beloved Son

John C. Maxwell-The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

Patrick Lencioni- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Jason B.A. Van Camp- Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Gay Hendricks- The Big Leap

John C. Maxwell- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

Geno Wickman- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

Geno Wickman- What the Heck is EOS?: A Complete Guide for Employees in Companies Running on EOS

Sebastian Junger- Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging


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We interview national leaders in the architecture, engineering, construction, and development industry, in an effort to educate, innovate and inspire industry professionals to disrupt the status quo, improve their project teams and steward public & private investments more effectively.