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Becoming a Construction Champion: Lessons from a Seasoned Industry Leader

In the ever-evolving world of construction, there are those who rise above the rest, becoming true champions of their craft. Royal Mortier, the founder of Pliris and Pliris Plans, is one such individual who has dedicated his life to the industry, learning the ins and outs from the ground up.

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Mortier's journey in construction began at the young age of 15, when he started working on concrete projects. Over the years, he honed her skills, working his way up through various trades, from site cleanup to framing and finished carpentry. His diverse experience, coupled with her engineering degree and time serving in the Army Reserves, has given him a unique perspective on the industry.

The Resilience and Resourcefulness of Construction Champions

According to Mortier, the hallmarks of a true construction champion are resilience and resourcefulness. "Construction is an industry that's constantly up and down," he explains. "You have to be able to find a way to win, no matter what obstacles are thrown your way."

This mindset of resilience and resourcefulness is crucial, not just on the jobsite, but in the business aspect of construction as well. Mortier has observed that many contractors struggle to apply the same problem-solving skills they use in the field to the operational and strategic side of their companies.

Bridging the Gap: From the Toolbelt to the Boardroom

One of the biggest challenges Mortier has seen in the industry is the difficulty contractors face in transitioning from being the "doer" to becoming the leader. "It took me a long time to get away from being the one doing the work to then teaching the other people and running the business," he admits.

However, Mortier has found that this transition is essential for growth and success. "If I hadn't had that knowledge of being in the field, being in the trenches wearing the tool belt, I wouldn't be able to properly know what my team needs and what our contractors need from my office," he explains.

Systemizing for Success: Empowering Remote Teams

To facilitate this transition, Mortier has built a robust system of processes, protocols, and resources at Pliris. This includes an extensive video library, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and a custom-built project management platform.

"I made it my mission to not just be the everyday person of Pliris, but to have a life," Mortier says. "I knew if I was going to get to the point of being able to have a balance of life where I get to be a father, I get to be a husband, I get to have a company I get to explore the world and do the things I want to do, I had to get to a point to separate myself from being the person that does the day to day."

Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mortier's journey is a testament to the power of entrepreneurial thinking in the construction industry. By identifying a need in the market, developing innovative solutions, and empowering her team, she has transformed Pliris into a thriving business that serves homebuilders across the United States.

For aspiring construction champions, Mortier's story offers valuable insights and inspiration. By cultivating resilience, resourcefulness, and a willingness to adapt, construction professionals can overcome the challenges of the industry and become true leaders in their field.

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Becoming a Construction Champion: Lessons from a Seasoned Industry Leader


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