Jenkins is the CEO and founder of W4 Construction Group, a Pontiac, Michigan-based federal prime contractor—a general contracting company that performs construction, heating, ventilation, remodeling, and electrical work. The name refers to “Chief Warrant Officer Four,” which, in the Coast Guard, is the highest rank an enlisted person can achieve. (Jenkins is currently a W3 and will earn W4 status before he retires in 2017.) “W4s are considered technical experts, so that’s why I came up with the name W4—because we want the company to be the best of the best,” Jenkins says.
Custom furniture wrap retailer PANYL’s lack of a storefront doesn’t take any pressure off of management, although the day-to-day might be a little different than a traditional retail outlet. Co-founder Dan Goldman graciously agreed to answer a few questions about what it takes to run a business like PANYL.
If you think about it, historically, the defining characteristic of the United States and its people has been our entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout time, we’ve been a nation of explorers, hackers, tinkerers, do-it-yourselfers. Never happy with the status quo, we’ve been a nation of people who think “how could this be done better?”