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Building a Successful Construction Team with Mike Tester

Mike Tester, founder of Tester Construction Group, shares his journey in the construction industry and the growth of his company. He discusses his background in architecture and how he transitioned to construction management. Mike emphasizes the importance of having the right team and culture in a company, as well as the challenges of finding qualified labor in the industry. He also talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry and the value of in-person collaboration. Overall, Mike’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to gain experience and knowledge in the field before starting their own business.


00:00 Introduction and Background
02:49 Early Career and Starting Tester Construction Group
06:09 First Projects and Growth of Tester Construction Group
09:55 Challenges and Successes in Building the Business
15:13 Adapting to Technology in the Construction Industry
24:58 Daily Habits and Work-Life Balance
30:06 Lessons in Business and Hiring Practices
35:01 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry
39:48 Advice for Entrepreneurs Starting a Business
42:57 Closing Remarks

Flying from California to Philadelphia for Real Estate Opportunity with Jenn Patrino


Jenn Patrino, President of Tierview Development, shares her journey in real estate development and the challenges she has faced along the way. She explains why she chose the Philadelphia real estate market and the advantages it offers. Jen also discusses the importance of being a hands-on developer and the impact of interest rates on the industry. She emphasizes the need for tenacity and the ability to adapt to challenges in entrepreneurship. Jen shares her use of technology and time management strategies in her business. She concludes with advice for aspiring real estate developers.


00:00 Introduction and Background
03:17 Choosing the Philadelphia Real Estate Market
04:42 Transition from Construction to Real Estate Development
05:35 The Milestone of Success in Real Estate Development
07:29 The Challenges of Real Estate Development
08:24 Entrepreneurship and the Desire for Autonomy
09:20 The Influence of Upbringing on Entrepreneurship
10:49 The Role of Reading and Research in Real Estate Development
12:31 The Advantage of Being a Hands-On Developer
16:17 The Impact of Interest Rates on Real Estate Development
19:51 The Current State of the Philadelphia Real Estate Market
24:44 The Challenges of Growing a Real Estate Development Business
30:54 The Importance of Tenacity in Entrepreneurship
32:10 The Use of Technology in Real Estate Development
34:27 Time Management and Prioritization in Real Estate Development
34:56 Advice to Younger Self and Parting Words

Caring about others first is the foundation for business success with Bryant Greene from Always Best Care

Bryant Greene, the founder of Always Best Care, shares his journey of starting and growing his home care franchise. He discusses the challenges he faced in the beginning and how he overcame them. Bryant also emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community and shares his involvement in various charitable organizations. He talks about his passion for animals and his rescue farm. Additionally, Bryant discusses his venture into the cannabis industry and his plans for the future. His story highlights the power of perseverance, compassion, and making a positive impact in everyday life. He emphasizes the role of esteem in the act of helping and the potential pitfalls of over-giving. The conversation then shifts to the topic of work ethic and the future of work. Bryant also discussess caregiver deserts and labor shortages and challaneges facing the home healthcare industry. The importance of consistency as a hallmark of professionalism is emphasized, along with the difficulties of building a business from scratch. Finally, the impact of business on relationships is discussed, emphasizing the need for self-awareness and defined roles.

Key Takeaways

Generosity and helping others can bring a sense of esteem and fulfillment.
Giving without expectation is important to avoid disappointment.
Consistency is the hallmark of a professional, regardless of the field.
Building a business from scratch requires perseverance and dedication.
The impact of business on relationships should be carefully considered.


00:00 Introduction and Background
02:26 Starting Always Best Care
09:24 Overcoming Initial Hurdles
15:39 Giving Back to the Community
20:23 Owning a Farm and Rescuing Animals
25:22 The Importance of Giving and Receiving
30:03 Venturing into the Cannabis Industry
36:25 The Sphere of Influence and Making a Difference
40:46 Reaching Financial Milestones
42:42 Leaving an Imprint and Giving Back
43:41 Generosity and Helping Others
45:13 The Importance of Esteem in Helping Others
46:06 Giving Without Expectation
49:44 Work Ethic and the Future of Work
50:41 Caregiver Deserts and Labor Shortages
52:32 Consistency as the Hallmark of a Professional
54:49 Building a Business from Scratch
56:43 The Challenges of Starting a Business
57:32 Impact of Business on Relationships

Starting Businesses with Tony Charlton and Joel Edwards

“It’s not about if you have it, it’s about if you want it.”  Guests Tony Charlton and Joel Edwards are developers, investors, and entrepreneurs with several businesses and thousands of employees collectively. In this episode, Brian Corcodilos speaks with them about their highs and lows, challenges and triumphs of starting and growing businesses, especially during the peak and the aftermath of COVID

00:00 – Introductions
01:42 – Becoming an entrepreneur
03:40 – How Tony and Joel met
06:04 – Today’s interest rates in real estate
08:02 – Tony and Joel’s competitive advantage
09:00 – Adopting new technologies
12:39 – The effects of COVID
16:08 – Pushing through ceilings to grow
20:20 – Handling staff moral and workplace culture
24:36 – Making your first $100K
30:58 – Highs and Lows in business
33:30 – Routines for being successful
37:20 – Qualities of a successful entrepreneur 
41:40 – Coaching and building up the people around you
43:36 – Advice for new entrepreneurs
45:50 – Wrap-up

Being The King of Your Market with Logan Kramer

In this episode of the New How Podcast, I sit down with Logan Kramer from DesignPro Development. Logan is a master of his market which is specific to the Brewerytown area in Philadelphia. Logan started real estate while he was at Temple University at just 19 years old. Having just turned 25 years old this year he has achieved a level of success we can all learn from. Logan talks about how he went from showing properties, to wholesaling, to flipping properties, to creating a portfolio of 80% holds to 20% flips. Currently, Logan owns over 100 properties. He discusses tax strategies in real estate and how to manage your market. Logan delivers a “shit-ton” of value in this episode for any person investing in real estate.

Construction Background, Broker and Developer Foreground with Ernie Facchine III

Today on the New How Podcast we sit down accomplished Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, Ernie L Facchine III.  Ernie graduated from Williamson College of The Trades Graduate. He is an avid Real Estate Investor and developer, specializing in Residential/Commercial.  From his time at Williamson College, he gained the skills necessary to become a Construction Manager. Ernie has a unique blend of Real Estate Sales/Management Skills Mixed With Development/Construction Technical Knowhow that makes him amongst the elite in his field.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

When it comes to real estate zoning in Philadelphia, you need to speak with Rachael and Adam Pritzker of PLG. Their combined force for helping developers in this city get projects approved is literally helping shape the city skyline. From Rachael’s time as Chief of Staff for Alan Domb, and Adams prior startup and law firm experience, they bring an unprecedented level of sophistication and unique twist to the Philadelphia Zoning Code.

Pritzker Law Group (“PLG”), co-founded by twin attorneys, Adam and Rachael Pritzker, was born out of the fundamental imperative of taking a far more collaborative approach to real estate development, transactions, community outreach and engagement, and government relations in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties in New Jersey.  Our team at PLG is armed with unique experiences and perspectives, having worked for City Council, the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (“ZBA”), state and local courts, prominent Zoning & Land Use practices, and additional Philadelphia-based businesses. PLG helps some of the most prominent and innovative developers, as well as individuals, tackle some of the issues inherent with land use. PLG’s goal is to make sure all parties involved, from the client to the community, feel comfort and a sense of pride in all projects we have the pleasure of working on.

In this episode of The New How podcast, building businesses and real estate in a new age of technology, we sit down with Jay Doran from Culture Matters.  Jay is a best selling author of the book “Thirty Days of Thought”.  Jay is gifted with understanding the core values in what makes organizations successful through proper implementation of culture.  Jay describes his theories on why culture is so important and brings us back through decades in history and how these concepts have transformed into a more meaningful concept in modern-day business.  This episode is packed with endless 1 liners and theoretical language that you might just comprehend. If you are looking for a mental exercise, get ready to question your perception everything around us.  This is by far one of my favorite podcast conversations to date.  
You can reach out to Jay Doran on his website at or on Instagram @jaydoran_thecultureman

In this episode of The New How Podcast, I sit down with Francis Mangubat from Advance Philly. Francis is a one of kind rockstar real estate agent. He was just named a Philadelphia Power Player by Philadelphia Style Magazine.  We discuss his brokerage Advance Philly and how working in partnership with Lawrence Resnick has lead them to be a #2 ranked brokerage in the city when it comes to volume.  With an office of 8 agents and 2 admins, Advance Philly is taking the real estate market by storm here in Philly. Francis discusses ways how he stays ahead in a competitive marketplace.  He is usually at the gym between 5:30-6am hour! Francis is an inspiration at 25 years old, for those looking to start their real estate career. If you are in real estate, this is a must listen to episode.  “Low Tech, High Check”

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On this episode of the New How Podcast, we sit down with Greg Schwartz from Commonwealth Residential Title. Commonwealth has been the region’s premier residential and commercial title company since 1971.  A family-owned business Greg came in to bring a level of business development expertise which he learned from the telecom industry. Working with fortune 5 companies, Greg transitioned from telecom into title insurance. He mentions that being genuine is the best thing you can do in business!  He talks about having the “Hunter Mentality” to grow any organization and to keep looking for opportunity around you. “Anyone with a pulse is a potential prospect.” Greg discusses teaming up with Mark Franzoni, President of Commonwealth to build a powerhouse team to help change the title industry for the better.  Utilizing the latest marketing tech through social media, Greg continues to add value to all of his clients through networking and continued outstanding service!

You can visit their website at or email Greg at

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