BridgePoint General Contracting was honored to be named #12 to Triangle Business Journal’s 2016 Fast 50 List of the fastest growing companies in the Triangle.

12. BridgePoint General Contracting Inc.

Headquarters: Durham

Business description: Construction management and general contracting

Number of employees: 13

Top Triangle executive and title: Shelley McPhatter, president

What is fueling your company’s growth? Our people. They care about our clients, our project teams and achieving the best outcomes for any given project. We continually receive outstanding feedback from our clients, which is a result of our team’s hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to BridgePoint’s mission and values.

What is your biggest success in the past 12 months? Our biggest success has been staying true to our core mission. At BridgePoint, we strive to treat all professional relationships as partnerships. We focus on being partners to our subcontractors, architects and engineers.

If you could go back to the start of the year, operationally, is there something you would have done differently? They year 2016 has been an important year for me as a leader. As we grew over the past year, it became obvious that my time is best spent working on the business rather than in the business. Working on providing leadership for my team is my focus at the moment.

What are your company’s chief goals in 2017? BridgePoint does not plan on slowing down! We have managed our growth in 2016 without sacrificing any of our core values. Our small size is what attracts many of our clients because of our hands-on approach. We plan to keep growing but at a manageable rate. As we grow, we plan to keep providing quality service to our existing clients while seeking new partners.

How many employees did you hire in the past 12 months? Five.

How many employees do you plan to hire in the next 12 months? Two.

What is the best aspect of owning a business in the Triangle? The energy. It’s no secret that the Triangle is a great place to live and visit but owning a business here among so many other growing companies is truly energizing. The community support here is incredible. As downtown Durham business owners, we really function as a family.

What, if anything, do you think the Triangle needs in order to boost business growth even further? Durham has come so far since I opened my office in 2008. I think it is most important that Triangle businesses continue to work together as a region. We are in such close proximity to Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill that if we focus on our own communities, we will inevitably strengthen the Triangle’s footprint as a whole.

What executive/CEO do you most admire in the business world? There hasn’t been one single individual. Prior to owning my own business, I worked for several fantastic leaders. I was fortunate to take away many lessons on what works and what doesn’t work as I grow as a business owner.