We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Francis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Greg, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?

My work/life balance is a constantly evolving process for me. I work very hard, but I also put a lot of emphasis on taking time off and unplugging. I’ve learned over my years in business that the times that I take off from work are very often the times when I’m able to get a lot of clarity on issues that were, up until then, very challenging to solve in the day-to-day of the office.

What should our readers know about your business?

We are a specialty construction company that builds high-performance acoustic spaces and secure environments. What sets us apart from others is that our niche allows us to connect with our clients on a more emotional level, whether it’s building their dream movie theater to share with their friends and family, or protecting their loved ones in the event of an emergency in one of our safe rooms or whole-home safe environments.

We also are unique in our in-depth pre-bidding process, our level of communication, and our concentrated dedication of staff to each project we work on.

Before we submit a final bid on a project, we will put in scores of worker-hours preparing specs and sourcing materials and pricing for every aspect of a project so that we can produce an extremely accurate estimate of costs that our potential client can rely on in deciding whether to move forward. We don’t believe in producing or dealing with surprises during the course of a build.

Our ratio of project assignments to Project Managers is very low. Where most construction companies may assign 6 to 8 projects to each project manager, we limit our assignments and also add a supporting project engineer to every project. This gives the team the ability to devote the time and attention to detail needed to keep the job on schedule and on budget.

Finally, we constantly maintain a high level of transparency and open communication with all of the stakeholders on a project. It’s important that all parties have an ongoing awareness and understanding of the work to be done, the materials to be used, and the schedule ahead so that problems, change-orders, and misunderstandings can be avoided.

We’re very proud of our services and the work that we put out, but that couldn’t be done without the people on our team who share the vision for our growing company.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

I’d definitely suggest that we take in a movie at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. Not only is it a totally cool Spanish Colonial Revival Style building designed in 1930 by Percy Parke Lewis (with an iconic 170-foot wedding cake tower and seating capacity of 1,400), it’s a favorite for red carpet premieres to this day. And my grandfather, Harry Francis, who was dubbed the “Godfather of Westwood” by Boxoffice Magazine, managed that theater back when it was the Fox Theatre, Westwood Village. (We posted an article about Harry Francis on the Cinergy website at https://cinergyconstruction.com/harry-francis-a-cinematic-life/.)

Other spots that I’d put on the itinerary include hiking or biking through Temescal Canyon – beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean; stopping into the Wyman Bar in the Bradbury Building downtown for a drink; a “Metro Art Moves” tour of the historic Union Station in the heart of downtown, which includes art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall; then on to a French dip sandwich at Philippe’s downtown with all the sides (kosher dill pickles, pickled beets, coleslaw, pickled eggs, and a beer); a concert at Disney Concert Hall; or, to soak in a more local-talent experience, cocktails at Hotel Cafe while listening to up-and-coming musical acts; a visit to Apple Pan on Pico for burgers and banana cream pie; and finally, a classic SoCal experience—a cocktail at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach, where you can enjoy a view overlooking the sand and the entire coastline from the bar on the second story, or a street-level view from the ocean-air lounge that opens right onto the sidewalk.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A lot of Cinergy’s success and my own is due to the constant mentorship I’m fortunate to receive from others, and also due to the support I get in my Vistage group. A recent significant success accelerator for our company was our training in and implementation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, facilitated by our own EOS Implementer®. I also like to read any business leadership book that helps me be a better leader —anything by Jim Collins, Peter Drucker, Patrick Lencioni, or Gino Wickman —and I’m always looking for additional sources of inspiration and powerful business leadership ideas.

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