I recently had the pleasure to chat with Robert W. Bertazon, founder of Maryland Construction Network, an innovative forum for the Maryland construction industry. I asked Mr. Bertazon to comment on the genesis of the Maryland Construction Network and his hopes for its growth in the coming years.
Jennifer Horn: What is the Maryland Construction Network?
Rob Bertazon: The Maryland Construction Network is a unique construction forum designed to deliver news and educational information to contractors and other industry professionals through audio podcasts that can be accessed 24 hours a day via the internet.
Horn: Why Podcasts?
Bertazon: Contractors and construction industry professionals are often plagued with long commutes to various jobsites – it’s the nature of the beast. My podcasts are essentially pre-recorded radio-type segments that a contractor can access and repeat at any time – especially in the car. It’s a way to gain valuable information and put some of those long commuting hours to good use.
Horn: How has the Maryland Construction Industry reacted to the idea?
Bertazon: The reaction has been resoundingly positive and continues to exceed our expectations. Contractors especially appreciate the index of topics available on our website and the ability to pick and choose which segments to download and repeat. In addition, contractors are able to comment on each segment using the Network’s Blog.
Horn: What types of programming have you featured?
Bertazon: Our podcasts, to date, have included useful news segments about upcoming and ongoing Maryland Construction Projects. We have also featured interviews with surety and legal professionals discussing particular aspects of the business. Providing practical tips to improve one’s construction business is another cornerstone of programming.
Horn: How can we tune in?
Bertazon: You can listen to the free programming by tuning in at www.mdconstructionnet.net or through iTunes. We welcome all feedback and look forward to watching the evolution of the Network in the coming years.