We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Nanke and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jared, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I initially started working in the company, I found myself wearing a lot of hats. I had aggressive plans for growth but needed to be mindful of working capital. Coupled with my perfectionistic tendencies, I found myself taking on a lot of tasks, projects, and responsibilities. Additionally, I’d take college courses online to gain knowledge in a subject matter that I felt would help my business in areas it was maybe lacking.

I was working seven days a week and well into late, evening hours. I justified it by telling myself, “this is what it takes to be successful”. I wasn’t necessarily wrong, but success was coming at the cost of my well-being. I’ve always been very hardworking and enjoy what I do, but this was not sustainable. I knew I needed to start making changes and making more time for my life away from the company.

Fortunately, through this hard work, I did have more working capital to reinvest into the business. I was able to hire key people who could take on responsibilities, improve productivity, bring in new work, and help automate and facilitate processes. I found myself having more time — taking days off and not feeling as stressed about things getting done.

I can’t imagine myself ever not working, and I’ve never been one who wanted to start a business and hire employees so that I wouldn’t have to work. However, having more balance in my personal life has made my work more fulfilling.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We’re a design-build firm — the integration of multiple things under one roof. Not only are we now doing construction and architecture, but we’ve brought in engineering as a service we can offer. Also as a part of our construction services, we’re including subcontracting for industry professionals — from the foundation, masonry, and concrete to excavation and framing.

It’s really being an inclusive service of management and delivery for our clients. That’s the primary thing that sets us apart.

We’re always looking at ways to innovate, too. We’re eager to apply certain technologies to procedures and processes to further set us apart and to be able to deliver products faster and more efficiently and affordably.

Getting here has not been easy at all. I was fortunate enough to come into an established business. But as far as growing it and getting it to where it is today, it’s been a road with all kinds of challenges that we’ve had to navigate and overcome.

When you’re disrupting, you’re always going to be met with adversity, you’re always going to be met with challenges you have to figure out. But I’ve been fortunate to have the support and insight of senior individuals who have been with the company for a while. I’m thinking of John Nanke (my father), Cindy Bowman, and some of our superintendents. These people have helped me figure out how to get around obstacles that we’ve encountered during growth.

About me — I guess this is another thing that distinguishes our business: I have very high standards for our product — high standards of taste, high standards of quality of product. I’m very much about producing the best thing. I want the best product at the end of the day — that’s what I care about more than anything. It’s why we have moved services in-house; this gives us better control over quality. Not only is it for time management, but it’s to make sure we can have the best people to deliver the best product. Whether it’s a set of plans (making sure that we have a really nice set of plans) all the way to that finished product is incredibly important to me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely say the Phoenix Art Museum is one of my favorite spots. I think it’s in line with who I am. I love the architecture of the museum; I love the entire experience of it. I think the museum always has exceptional exhibits, and that’s probably my favorite thing. For anyone coming to visit, going there will be a top priority.

The next thing is going to be food. A restaurant I would take people to is Mora Italian. It’s Chef Scott’s place in Phoenix. I love Italian food, and I love good cuisine.

And then, too, I always love Biltmore Fashion Park. Again, I like the entire Biltmore area, especially the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Architecturally, I think it’s great to take people there and show them. But then again, with Biltmore Fashion Park, I think it’s a cool spot to hang out and do some shopping, and again, there’s more good food to enjoy, like True Food Kitchen.

That would be my short one-day itinerary for anyone visiting Phoenix.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Meghan Farnsworth, our Director of Marketing. She has been working with me since 2014. She has been right there, helping me with all kinds of components and different things with the business, primarily pertaining to our brand and the marketing, as well as providing insight in a number of ways.

Website: https://nankeluxuryhomesprescott.com/ and https://www.nankearchitecture.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nanke_signature_group/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nanke-signature-group/mycompany

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nankesignature

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEjI6A4p65DLv6ZF1498HQ

Image Credits

Image 1 by photographer Carrie Evans

Images 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 by photographer Meghan E. Farnsworth

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