By: Melissa Bookout on July 19th, 2021
Conway Closes Out Two Decades of Leadership
Our story begins during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s when two independent companies, Construction Data out of Philadelphia and Construction Market Data of Atlanta, were just starting out. In 2015 these two former competitors joined forces with Chicago-based BidClerk and Cincinnati-based iSqFt, who had completed a merger the previous year, for what would become ConstructConnect in 2016. Later that year, ConstructConnect would make another strategic move by joining the Roper Technologies portfolio.
In the words of Thomas Edison, “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” That sentiment is what eventually led to the addition of On Center, PlanSwift, QuoteSoft, and SmartBid to the ConstructConnect family.
A 20-Year Legacy
Twenty years of legacy under the leadership of president and CEO Dave Conway has penned notable achievements for ConstructConnect. In 2019, we launched the ConstructConnect platform as “THE ONE PLACE where people connect and confidently evaluate, choose, and prepare projects BEFORE THEY BUILD.”
Tactical and aspirational, the platform offered a new way of thinking about how general contractors, trade contractors, and building product manufacturers approach their preconstruction process in terms of a complete product offering. ConstructConnect continues to follow an innovative roadmap with new offerings and regular updates to our existing products aimed at making our customers more successful.
Project Intelligence allows users to search project leads with complete project details, contact information, bidders list, and plans and specifications. Bid Center offers a digital bid board for project pipeline organization and management. Takeoff helps deliver better bids with collaborative takeoff tools in a secure, cloud-based environment. And Bid Management simplifies the construction process for general contractors with project and bid invite creation, subcontractor prequalification, and access to an ever-growing network of trade contractors to ensure bid coverage. We continue to welcome new BPMs with Insight for Manufacturers and MasterSpec, a product of the American Institute of Architects, not to mention our PlanSwift, On Center, and QuoteSoft products.
Conway’s leadership in establishing key industry partnerships further validated our focus on the customer experience. Our Construction Economic Webcasts hosted in partnership with the AIA and Associated General Contractors of America welcome hundreds yearly. Qualified economists provide essential industry data that are impacting where construction professionals work and play. And our philanthropic arm makes AEC Cares an important part of our AIA relationship as we realize the talents of the construction professionals we support through collective, community revitalization projects.
While Conway would be quick to applaud the efforts of those around him before assuming personal kudos, it’s been the tireless commitment of his leadership and vision that have rallied eight disparate companies into THE ONE PLACE. Twenty years later, we remain faithfully committed to our collective success, because we want our customers to be better with us than without us.
It’s only fitting then that as Conway welcomes retirement to focus more time on family and continued community outreach that our commitment to the customer experience remains stronger than ever.
The Next Era
Welcome, Matt Strazza, new President of ConstructConnect.
Strazza comes to us from Deltek, also part of the Roper portfolio, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales with oversight of the global sales teams and reciprocating sales efforts. He has a rich history of leading successful teams in sales, professional services, and operations to reach new milestones and aggressive growth targets.
In the weeks to come, Strazza remains focused on listening and learning. His approach continues to empower forward momentum and collaborative work with customer success as our collective priority. Internally, Strazza is committed to a culture that’s strengthened by the diverse backgrounds of those who work there.
Building on this 20-year legacy, we proudly state that we are THE ONE PLACE for all preconstruction needs.
Please take a moment to hear from both Dave Conway and Matt Strazza on the future of ConstructConnect.