Mike Gorman
By Mike Gorman
on May 04, 2017

Spring Fever is settling in here in New England as the days get longer, the sun shines brighter and the frost has faded away. This is a great time of the year to plan a road trip. Of course when you sit down to do this you start asking yourself some questions, like:

  • Why do I even want to do this?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • How will I get there?
  • What’s going to make this trip special?
  • Can I even afford to travel??
Lauren Letellier
By Lauren Letellier
on April 19, 2017

As a Contract Administrator I get the pleasure of handling many different roles within the company here at New England Construction. Although the word is in my title, my duties don’t just involve contracts. In addition to making sure all contracts are processed properly in a timely manner with sufficient scope of work and accurate contract amount, I also take part in tracking certificates of insurance, the collection, review and processing of subcontractor requisitions, creating Owner requisitions, revising Owner contracts and much more!  

Kim Sluter
By Kim Sluter
on April 06, 2017

Ever see that movie “She’s Just Not That Into You”?  You know the part where Drew Barrymore is exhausted from the effort it takes to date in the digital age?  This 50 second monologue describes what it’s like to be a Business Development professional in today’s world.  Inbound Marketing, Targeted Sales Outreach, Buyer Personas, Client Journey, LinkedIN, FB, Twitter, Instagram, – the buzz word bingo alone is enough to make you feel overwhelmed.  Is it possible to avoid the exhaustion that accompanies a never-ending stimulus cycle?  Yes, focus on 2 hours of weekly Business Development planning.

Kim Sluter
By Kim Sluter
on March 24, 2017

What do you get when you put 1100 Professional Women in a room at the 20th Annual Bryant University Women’s Summit?  10 NEC women found out on Friday, March 17th.  You get access to the free exchange of ideas.  You get 3 keynote speakers, 2 breakout sessions and comments from the Governor.  You redefine what leadership means for you and feel the energy you need to champion change and follow your passion. You get best practices.  You get hacks and tips to elevate your own game or better yet create a NEW game.  If you don’t attend you’re missing out and if you don’t invest in your employees’ attendance then your business is missing out.

Ethan Sluter
By Ethan Sluter
on February 27, 2017

Year-end for construction finance professionals:  the bane of our existence.  Trying to complete all of the year end tasks along with all of our day-to-day responsibilities can make this time of year very difficult. 40 to 50-hour work weeks become 50 to even 70-hour weeks almost overnight.  The stress of the extra responsibilities and time involved become a constant source of complaints, and excuses, for missed deadlines and oversights – both professional and personal, as extra time in the office can cause friction at home.

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on December 14, 2016

The recent presidential election was the most contentious and divisive I have experienced in my 50+ years of following them.  It set new lows for civility, decency and veracity. About half of the voters were disappointed and many were outraged with the results.  This election continued the trend of both national and local politics of highly partisan positions on issues.  Polarization on both ends of the political spectrum is increasing and moderate views get lost in the noise of today’s media – both traditional and social.  To be sure, social and economic inequalities in our country exist.  They are amplified and scrutinized via social media which helps to promote polarization, anger and disenfranchisement.

Kim Sluter
By Kim Sluter
on November 30, 2016

Leadership Team Initiatives.  Annual budgets. Department Strategy Wheels. Company Vision Statements. Tactical Objectives.  High level business planning is no longer a fourth quarter task.  Effective leadership teams are business planning 365 days while still executing the blocking and tackling of their day jobs.   The New Year is looming, all the achievements of 2016 will be history and the sales button resets to 0.  Are you and your leadership team ready?

Jesslie Ramos
By Jesslie Ramos
on November 16, 2016

A new project just came in! As the Estimating Administrator at New England Construction, this sets my day in action. Each new project proposal requires proper attention to detail and generates a new set of deliverables for our department. It is my responsibility to ensure that every aspect & requirement of a project is reviewed prior to sending it out to the subcontractors for bidding. Each new venture comes with a new set of deadlines for our staff, therefore creating a strategy for gathering the necessary information and meeting those deadlines is vital.

Matt Sluter
By Matt Sluter
on October 05, 2016

It’s October. 

The leaves are changing and even falling.  The air is crisp and the last remnants of summer are basically gone.  For many of us in Commercial Real Estate in New England, we are poised with a simple question with not such a simple answer:  Build now, or wait to the spring?  Why does this happen every year?  Every owner’s favorite phrase, WINTER CONDITIONS, explains a lot of the debate. 

David Sluter
By David Sluter
on September 21, 2016

I was watching the CBS news program Face the Nation on a recent Sunday morning when I heard the phrase “The Tyranny of the Inbox.”  The speaker used the phrase in the context of a discussion about hasty, ill-considered foreign policy communications that were driven by a need to respond to public opinion, the press or criticism from political opponents.  The phrase hit home for me and I immediately thought about its origin and impact on our personal and business lives.  The emails and texts in our inboxes and cell phones are tyrannical in the way they demand our time and attention.  We respond to them with varying urgency depending on our perceived priorities.  Most of us allow them to constantly interrupt our attention to the task at hand.  This is the “Tyranny of the Inbox.”