5 Minutes with Terry Drahota – Colorado business icon and veteran of the real estate and construction industry shares his thoughts on 40 years in biz.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your 40 years in business?

A: “The recognition we’ve received for our work and our project delivery, including the American Subcontractors Association Contractor of the Year Award, BBB Torch Awards, Bravo Entrepreneur of the Year Award and numerous ACE Awards.”

Q: To what do you attribute your success and longevity?

A: “Trust and communication. As a result of those two attributes, we’ve earned a great deal of repeat clients and a reputation for providing quality and value.”

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced over the years?

A: “The biggest challenge we’ve faced is adjusting to the recent recession. It’s been a significant challenge and an ongoing adjustment.”

Q: Who inspires you?

A: “My mentor W. Dean Smith. After starting a commercial construction company in Omaha, Dean took me under his wing in Fort Collins to teach me the carpentry trade. He was instrumental in helping me land my first big job and coached and inspired me to build my business.”

Q: What is your greatest piece of advice for success in business or owning your own business?

A: “Pay attention to the details!”