This month, the Zweig Letter featured an interview with PWGC’s founder and president, Dr. Paul Grosser, about the firm’s growth since it was formed in 1990. The Zweig Letter is part of the Zweig Group, which has named PWGC one of the best environmental firms for 2015 and listed us in the civil engineering and environmental engineering categories as one of the best firms to work for every year over the past decade.
Here are some highlights from the interview.
The Zweig Letter: How have you seen PWGC evolve since its founding?
Paul Grosser: Our focus has pretty much stayed the same, but we’ve gone from a one-person firm operating out of living room in 1990 to a 60-person firm with multiple locations in three states: New York, Connecticut, and Washington.
TZL: Any key insights to share for others interested in starting their own business?
PG: You have to be committed. You have to be ready to jump into the deep end of the pool. It’s also key to be flexible. Circumstances change and you have to be ready to change along with them.
TZL: What are your key strengths? What are the keys strengths for an effective leader?
PG: The ability to change – both personally and professionally. I love this quote from Wayne Gretzky: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”
TZL: How would you describe your leadership style?
PG: I try not to tell people how to do things. I find that if they have ‘skin in the game,’ they will make it work. There are days where I may be more of a micro manager, but I really try to limit those.
TZL: What is your vision for the future of PWGC?
PG: To be an ENR 500 firm. We’re already competing with top firms so I’d like to see our size double within five years. That’s a healthy growth trajectory. I’d also like to see us grow geographically and perhaps add some additional service lines.
Read the rest of the interview here at the Zweig Letter.