We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I embrace risk. It’s hard to imagine not leaning into those risky situations where the end result is unknown. Whether or not a decision is right, there is growth in risking it. When I am assessing risk, I try to analyze and extract data to mitigate “the risk” but sometimes it comes down to intuition and feeling good. Risk taking has brought me to my present position in life. As a veteran business owner of a design build construction company, I operate with complete autonomy. I get the opportunity to define success and I get a chance to create a sensible work/life balance that supports business growth and family growth equally. As an experienced member of the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) community, I can attest to the industry being heavily weighted with risk. It’s inherent in the process and can quickly scale up or down without notice. What’s most important is trusting yourself and accepting the possibility of failure. So far, I’m happy to have accumulated more W’s than L’s so far.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am owner and operator of E5 Design Build, a contractor led design build construction company serving the Phoenix metro area with aspirations to grow the operations regionally. The business is the culmination of a diverse curriculum vitae in education, military service, extensive travel, work experience in construction and practice as a design professional. E5 Design Build offers this key value proposition for prospective clients – delivering peace of mind, it’s my job to worry.
What I am most excited about is creating a professional legacy for my daughters by having built work populated in and around Phoenix. I’ll get to share my story as someone that had their sights zeroed in on being a business owner since being a teenager to now living it. Early on, I didn’t know the type of business I was imagining, I just knew having something of my own was for me. My path to business ownership was definitely non-linear. I took a few detours, landed in some positions that looked great on the outside but fell apart beyond the threshold; I cycled through academia twice (separated by a decade) to earn a Master degree and all of this in the midst of building a career I would later resign from to pursue something I had no formal training in. For my story, the transitional periods were the toughest because they were so extreme and the most recent one ranks as the hardest. What got me through it was determination. Being able to dig deep and grind it out, an attitude I learned by choosing the road less travelled. It’s really a mindset that’s been adapted over decades of hard work – both physically and mentally – that lends to my needs and wants. I practice and compete in anything, it’s good mental gymnastics. Pushing your mind and body to its limits builds character. Many lessons learned along the way but the biggest one I try to practice every day is to take a step back and look around. Avoid tunnel vision and take inventory of what’s happening around you. It can be startling but it’s a healthy perspective that usually leads to better decision-making.
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?
Across the Pond – Amazing sushi, fantastic cocktails, zen ambiance, great service.
Greenwood Brewing – Their Rosemary IPA on the patio overlooking Roosevelt Row is pretty sweet.
Gracies Tax Bar – Late night hang out. Great vibe.
Valentine Restaurant – Breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails. They do it all very well. And they share space with Modern Manor, very hip furniture store.
El Norteño – cash only, authentic Mexican food.
Pane Bianco – Pizza or the sopressata sandwich.
Copper Star – Great coffee, amazing bagels, cool neighborhood spot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Outside of working for my dad who taught me the value of hard work and what it means to persevere, I would like to give a shout out to Mr. Bryan DiLoreto and the team at Northstar Contracting Group. I was a green 20 something jarhead fresh out of the Marine Corps and I didn’t have a lot of tangible skills for the job I was applying for but I was given a chance. Sometimes that is all someone needs is a chance and Bryan took one on me that has been the foundation of my career success. Bryan embodies Marine Corps leadership but with business acumen, savvy and a strong desire to emulate his career path. Bryan allowed me to grow at a pace that was slightly above the speed limit and mentored me with grace and discipline. By empowering me, he taught me that empowering others is quite possibly the single most important leadership trait out there.