Lara and Karen first met on a job in Banff, the only female employees on a construction site, who easily connected over conversation on the current state of their industry. Discovering they shared similar values and vision, it was clear that they had an opportunity to not only start a firm but actually change the way business was being done. How? By introducing honesty and integrity into an industry that was lacking it.
After successfully completing a few projects, Ryan Murphy Construction was officially incorporated in 2008. Two weeks later the financial markets crashed. Ryan Murphy faced the challenge hands-on, quite literally, picking up the tools themselves to get jobs done and bootstrapping to survive. The early years were slow and steady, but their unwavering vision and values built them a solid reputation and client base.
In 2012 momentum changed. The duo hired their first employee, purchased an office, and hit their first million-dollar gross revenue target. The next year it was nearly two million, the following over three, and now heading into 2021, the company is on track to break twenty million dollars in gross revenue. Along the way, Ryan Murphy has scaled into one of Western Canada’s most successful general contracting firms and collected countless accolades including: Canada’s Top Growing Companies (2019); Growth 500 Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies (2014-19); RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalist (2014); Top 20 Business Leaders in Calgary (2019).
How did they do it?
Join us and presenting sponsor BDC
for a candid and lively fireside chat with this dynamic
entrepreneurial duo and find out how they leveraged a partnership based on vision and values into a multi-million dollar industry leader. Tap into key insights including:
How to identify opportunity by discovering a gap in the industry
What it takes to transition from employee to entrepreneur
How to build an equal partnership between two co-founder
Tips for building a strategic plan optimized for scale and growth
How to adjust for market fluctuations
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