Creating a Balance Between Personal and Professional

Personal time is something many remodelers are very unfamiliar with. Now add to that, community involvement, association participation and a successful 25-year-old design/build firm. Many certainly wonder if juggling all of this is even possible.

It is possible and Randy Sealover, CGR, April’s NAHB Remodeler of the Month, is proving that running a successful business and enjoying what life has to offer can be done in this time-consuming industry. As the owner of Mountain Country Builders, Flagstaff, Ariz., Sealover has committed himself to building a strong and highly organized company.

This past January, Sealover passed the production managers hat on to one of his employees. In doing so, his goal is now to be able to spend a lot more time on improving himself, his company, his employees and the remodeling industry. He credits his ability to “stepping back” to his involvement in the NAHB, his local HBA since 1995 and the Remodelers 20 Club for the past six years. “It has been my continued involvement in these activities that have gained me the knowledge to be able to reach the level of success of where I am today,” says Sealover.

Prior to passing on the production manager’s responsibilities, Sealover layed out a detailed work flow for his company. Mountain Country Builders, a full-service design/build remodeling company, is one of the few that offers this type of service to the residents of Flagstaff and sets them apart from the competition.

Sealover says to have a winning design/build company, their systems have to be extremely organized and thorough in order to lead clients through the design/build process. He explains by saying that he compartmentalized their project development and production management processes to meet the needs and expectations of their clients. Each process is spelled out in detail as to what needs to happen and who is responsible for making it happen — and then making a smooth transition from project development to production. “Each staff member is totally aware of their duties and their responsibilities,” says Sealover. “We hold regular meetings with both our clients and staff which allow for strong communication during each process.”

Around 11 years ago, Sealover was involved in a rather serious jobsite accident at which from that point he committed himself to having a safety program for his company and its employees.

“In conjunction with our safety meetings, we also do a job skills training segment,” explains Sealover. “We use training videos, handouts, tests and hands-on applications to teach both the safety and job skills.”

Community involvement is something Sealover prides himself on. Along with his association, he participated in a “Rebuilding Together” project in June of last year where he served as house captain for the house they sponsored and supervised the skilled and nonskilled volunteers on project day. During his tenure as HBA president, Sealover attended many industry-related events, mostly addressing the affordable housing issues in the community.

On a personal note, Sealover has devoted time serving as a child ministries leader for his church and is aiding in the church’s newly formed “Can-Do Committee” which assists the elderly with home maintenance and repairs.