Aug 1, 2014
The Following Is An Outline From Sean Kavanaugh's Guest Appearance On The Contractors Success M.A.P. Podcast which you can listen to below. It is on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and all popular podcast directories.
Hey Randal thanks so much for having me on the show. I really appreciate it.
I guess before we dig in I should probably give a bit of background on myself. My name is Sean Kavanaugh and I've been in the plumbing business in the Chicagoland area in some capacity for 22 years.
Right out of college I began working for my father at Litvin Plumbing where he was the president.
Litvin was a fairly famous hi-rise contractor and one of the first high rise contractors in Chicago doing the plumbing work for the John Hancock Building, Water Tower Place, Marina Towers (Think Bullet with Steve McQueen) and many others.
I was hired to help out in accounting but ended up being the purchasing agent at 22 years old for a company with 75 employees doing about 18 to 25 million in annual revenue.
It was sink or swim because I knew very little about actual plumbing even though my dad had been in it for my whole life.
It was there that I learned a ton about buying commodities like copper, cast iron and steel, job staging, scheduling truck loads of cast iron, copper, steel and plumbing fixtures not only for the job but to prefab what we could in our shop.
(I learned how frustrating and expensive it could be when a scheduled delivery never showed up to a job. 1 foreman, 1 journeyman and 5 apprentices standing around waiting for a truckload of bathtubs that never shows up?) Believe me a couple major fixture manufacturers hated me for the butt chewing and back-charges I gave them for not showing up with 1100 tubs.)
In 1998 my father and I founded Kavanaugh Plumbing. We did tenant improvements, commercial, industrial and multiunit residential rehab and commercial and industrial service work.
My goal was to be the biggest plumbing contractor in Chicago. Not because I had a plan but because I thought we were really good at putting in plumbing and people liked us.
Four years ago I developed a website called ThePlumbingInfo.com with a web developer. I was an English major in college so I thought I could write. So I set out to build an authority website on plumbing for the consumer and professional.
At first it was a great distraction from the actual plumbing business. Cathartic as it grew it became a source of income and the company that developed the site Todays Growth Consultant hired me full time to manage content on 235 authority websites.
We are kind of hybrid web development, marketing company and our other company Income Store buys income generating websites for individuals, companies or private equity firms and by the way that’s a heck of a product.
I guess you can say I'm an SEO guy but I hate the term. I really love to build relationships with people who want to grow their base site traffic and reputation using content as the bridge.
For instance if a plumbing contractor wanted to grow their site organically we would give them a keyword silo and guide them in how to write for those keywords. Eventually I would use theplumbinginfo.com as a springboard for their content. They gain authorship credit by writing for an already established site and it expands their online footprint.
Editor’s Note: I have known Sean Kavanaugh since late 2013 and I trust him and find him to be very knowledgeable and capable on the subject owning, operating and growing Plumbing and Mechanical Companies as well as a skilled marketing expert for all Contractors.
I Highly Recommend all contractors spend some time on his website ThePlumbingInfo.com and get to know him. He is a valuable resource to all contractors, not just Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors. Please be sure to let him know Randal DeHart, The Contractors Accountant, recommended you.
Sean Kavanaugh and I met on Google+ in late 2013 and found we had a lot in common. We were both licensed journeyman plumbers earlier in our career paths and had the pain and pleasure of owning and operating plumbing companies.
We have both moved on to other careers that involve construction. Sean manages 235 authority websites and one in particular near and dear to his heart is ThePlumbingInfo.com.
Sean invited me to contribute articles to ThePlumbingInfo.com that are directed specifically to the wants, wishes, hopes, dreams and challenges of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors.
Frankly, I was very appreciative of the opportunity to serve Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors; however, my time is limited, having a 60+ hour workweek (it is because I want too, not that I have too).
The thought of adding another 1-2 hours a week to construct a decent article and post it did not seem to be a good use of my time. After giving it, some thought I remembered one of the Journeyman Plumbers who mentored me in the Plumbing Trade and what he said "It is the responsibility of all Journeymen, in all trades to give back by mentoring" and the decision was made.
I submit new articles every week to Sean Kavanaugh's website at www.ThePlumbingInfo.com with the understanding that he, as the editor, can add images and other graphics as he sees fit and that he decides when and if an article is published.
It has been an absolute blessing to my Soul to have met Sean Kavanaugh and I am so very grateful to Sean Kavanaugh for the opportunity to contribute and will continue doing so until it is time to stop
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