tions increased, so did we. Brickley Environmental has grown into a full- service hazardous waste remediation contractor specializing in asbestos, lead and mold abatement, demolition and the remediation other hazardous waste streams. We are known and trusted as the go-to specialty environ- mental contractor throughout Southern California. Our main clients include government agencies, such as school districts, universities and military facilities. In the private sector, we primarily serve hospitals, commercial buildings, general contractors and property management companies.
California Constructor: What was your own path in the company?
Tom Brickley: I started working full-time with the company in 1986. In 1990, I became the General Manager and the company incorporated, and changed its name from Brickley Construction Company, Inc. to Brickley Environmental. My brother Shane and I began the
process of purchasing the company from our father in 2000. I became the President and General Manager and Shane became the Senior Vice President and Chief Estimator.
California Constructor: What drives you, personally or professionally?
Tom Brickley: I am driven by a commitment to my family, employees, community and the construction industry. Some of our employees have worked with us for as many as 30 years. We are committed to providing a good and safe living for our workers. Tis commitment includes: excellent pay, benefits, long-term job stability, and the ability to grow within the company. We have a hard-earned reputation
for being the best in the business by following federal, state, regional, and county regulations, being on time, on budget, and solving our clients’
problems. Most of us have worked in the industry from the ground up; we realize and never forget that we make our living off the very difficult and potentially dangerous environment that our workers are exposed to daily.
California Constructor: When did you become active in AGC, and what led you to active involvement in the association?
Tom Brickley: I have been active in AGC since 1999. I joined after attending a few district meetings. I checked out a few other construction trade organizations and was far more impressed by the caliber of the AGC members and the services provided. Te fact that AGC served both union and non-union contractors equally for the benefit of its members and the construction industry was unique and very attractive to me.
regulatory/legal climate, and parity in bidding opportunities. Federal and state economic
policies need to focus on maintaining a growing economy, continuing to generate enough work for all our employees. Te burden of excessive regulatory and legal challenges in California is unrelenting. Extreme bias in new employment laws, loss of workers’ compensation reforms, and frivolous litigation constantly drives up the cost of doing business, preventing a fair and open construction labor market. Te proliferation of project labor agreements and labor driven, expensive, obstructive legislation, being passed under the guise of “Skilled Workforce Requirements” seriously hinders the non-union/open-shop contractor’s ability to competitively bid on many public work projects.
California Constructor: Over the years what have been the key benefits you or your company have derived from AGC membership?
Tom Brickley: Te biggest benefit we have received from our membership and active involvement in AGC is critical information and relationships. AGC is a great source to gain industry knowledge about new laws, rules, regulations and trends. It allows you to develop relationships with key industry leaders, service providers, and meet the next generation of construction industry leaders. Te conferences are always very informative, organized and fun. AGC staff and experts are always available to take our call and assist us with any of our concerns.
California Constructor: What do you see as the top challenges facing the specialty contractors market today?
Tom Brickley: I’d say our three major challenges are the economy, legislative/
California Constructor: What’s your view on the business outlook for your sector of the market in the next year or two ahead, and how does that compare to recent years?
Tom Brickley: Te economy has been stronger the past few years, and we expect to continue to build on its growth. We are doing more public sector work with the military and quasi-government agencies. We have also seen an increase in hospital construction, seismic up-grade work and an uptick in private sector work as the economy has improved. It is a great help to receive timely economic forecasts from AGC!
California Constructor: Tom, in your opinion what is the key to success for today’s specialty contractor?
Tom Brickley: Apart from the advances in technology and social marketing, the old adage of provide the best service, at the best price, on time and on budget. Don’t create, but solve problems for your clients. Not much has changed.
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