Episode 12

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22nd Sep 2020

What Got You Here Won't Get You There with Larry Melton - CEO of The Building People

Today we interview Larry Melton, Founder and CEO of The Building People, a leader in real estate solutions. They seek to integrate technology, buildings, and people in order to solve complex challenges for building owners, occupiers, and stakeholders.

Larry’s career began with GSA. He worked up the ranks, and was newly appointed as the Facilities Manager of the White House on September 11th, 2001. This was a pivotal moment for Larry as he led a team of nearly 300 employees and contractors through a transformational time for not only our nation, but also for Larry as well.

After 20+ years supporting the Federal Government, Larry launched The Building People, and has seen year-over-year growth and success over the past seven years.  Their focus is simple: technology, buildings, and people.

Their continued growth has moved them up the ranks of the Inc. 5000, placing them at #318 for 2020, and #15 for the state of Virginia. Their boldness was also recognized in 2018 as a Moxie Award Winner. 

So what does Larry credit their success to, and where is he going next? You’ll found out today, along with the following items:

  • The launch strategy, including the vision and roadmap to growing the business
  • Building a business, and the infrastructure required for further growth
  • Their focus on being a people-first company, as the lifeblood of solving complex problems, and continuing to grow your people.
  • How talent optimization and company culture can go hand in hand.
  • The problems of today for building owners and occupiers across real-estate, facilities, energy, portfolio management, and technology
  • Life as a business owner living, working, and playing in Loudon County
  • Where Larry and the team are heading

We hope you enjoy this episode.

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The NoVA Business Podcast
A series of interviews with Northern Virginia's most influential business leaders.
The NoVA Business podcast is a stream of interviews with NoVA's leading entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives.

Northern Virginia is America’s best-known secret. With Ranking #1 in the nation for workforce and education and #3 for business friendliness, NoVA is a hotspot for the world’s top talent and entrepreneurs. There's no question why companies like Amazon and Capital One call NoVA home for their headquarters.

On this podcast, we will share the inspiring stories of leaders who are shaping the community around us. Listen to the challenges they have overcome, the lessons learned, and the vision they have moving forward. Get ready for a series of epic conversations!

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Jessica Du Bois

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Jessica Du Bois is a consultant and advisor for employee benefits, working with dozens of companies in the D.C. region. Creating The NoVA Business Podcast became one of Jessica's goals after working with many of the incredible business leaders in Northern Virginia.

The podcast is a collection of stories that tell us the trials and successes that have formed the community around us. No gimmicks. No paid interviews. Just real-life storytelling of the friends and leaders that inspire you.

When Jessica isn't interviewing for the podcast or advising on benefits, you can find her coaching boxing classes or training for her next half marathon.

Derek Winn

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As a corporate health care strategist, Derek has had the unique opportunity to partner with hundreds of leading and admired businesses across Northern Virginia. Given his role, he has been able to witness and support businesses during the best of times as well as the worst of times.

These stories are the fuel for the Northern Virginia Business Podcast - the only podcast focused exclusively on the founders, leaders, and heroes in our own backyard of Northern Virginia.

These stories are intended to captivate and inspire those who continue to shape the landscape of Northern Virginia.

While he spends the majority of his time working in Fairfax, he has the most fun at home in Warrenton with his family.