Vita Welcomes Jay Snyder to its Construction Advisory Council
e are excited to introduce the newest member of the Vita Construction Advisory Council, Jay Snyder. Jay is a seasoned professional in the construction industry with over 20 years of experience. In this Q&A interview, we will learn more about Jay's background, his expertise, and his vision for the future of the council.
Q: What is your current full-time employment?
A: I’m the Founder of BBI, a tech consulting firm to the construction industry and growth advisor to technology companies. We help contractors optimize their business by reviewing strategy and operational limitations, and identifying areas where technology can add value through increased standardization, operational efficiency, cost recovery, and profitability. We also have the expertise and track record of assisting emerging technology companies through strategic planning, market launch and scale. We are compelled to help the industry through this imminent transformation that is afoot, to ensure stakeholders on all sides properly manage the change, sort through the confusion, and deliver real value in the modernization of construction companies and the industry as a whole.
Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing in your career?
A: As cliché as it sounds, I am truly most proud of the relationships that I’ve made in the military and as a construction professional. These relationships have been forged by overcoming significant barriers together and accomplish amazing work. Through those relationships and mutual support, I’ve been able to watch wonderful people do incredible things, and give them credit for successes in my career as well.
Q: What is one of the biggest risks facing the construction industry?
A: The construction industry is persistently at risk of being so busy and focused on pursuing and completing projects that it struggles to find time to adopt solutions to ongoing challenges in their business such as the labor shortage, competition, and compliance. But this is an industry that is comfortable with change. Over the past 100 years we’ve seen us grow from steam shovels to hydraulics and now electric actuated equipment, along with the dawn of equipment automation. We’ve seen software advance from CAD to advanced 3D modeling, and basic project management software to more data rich platforms.
Contractors want to build safer, more profitable, resilient businesses. Most of them know the old way (and the current way) of doing things isn’t enough for how the world has changed around them. Their desire to make improvements, and funding from the investment community, has pushed the change ahead and created momentum.
While, global demand for construction is at an all-time high, the availability of skilled labor is at an all-time low, and supply chain volatility continue to be a burden. “Now” will always be the right time to innovate and transform the way we do business.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Vita Industrial Advisory Board and what do you hope to contribute?
A: I’m excited to join a group of likeminded people who are pursuing what’s possible.
Vita has developed an easy to adopt and logical solution that solves multiple problems to include the skills gap and labor shortage, safety, and challenges to maintaining project schedules. I believe the industry has all the tools to overcome these challenges with the solutions currently available in the market, those like Vita.
Jay’s extensive experience in the construction industry is an invaluable asset to the Vita Construction Advisory Council. His focus on leveraging technology to achieve objectives and support innovation sets him apart in the field. His dedication to public service, as demonstrated by his time in the military, speaks to his character and values. With Jay on the council, we can expect continued disruption and progress in the construction industry.