Brandon Young, President & CEO
Behind every project is an “idea” that requires detailed planning across different phases to come to fruition. Irrespective of the industry, effective project management and project controls has been a critical business discipline for decades. As projects become more complex and interconnected, project managers need to collaborate with broader groups of stakeholders and multiple teams, including engineering and operations teams, contract managers, subcontracting companies, and more. The real struggle is breaking down the communication and information silos and finding an effective way to articulate objectives among the groups to facilitate a more seamless, agile, and robust managed process for minimizing change orders. Also, with the fast-paced societal, economic, and technological changes on the horizon, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for organizations to manage and execute projects remotely. This is where companies like Young Management & Consulting (YMC) can make a difference.
YMC is a small, certified disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) founded in 2015—specializing in strategic project management and controls, sourcing/procurement, construction management, and engineering services. YMC helps companies successfully minimize safety risks, reduce costs, enhance revenue, and increase profits while keeping their business objectives in mind. “We have deep expertise in handling large-scale capital projects primarily focused on the energy sector, especially utilities and gas infrastructure space, with a goal to grow into being a full turnkey provider,” says Brandon Young, President and CEO at Young Management & Consulting.
Whether it’s the need for turnkey solutions or staff augmentation for project management, project controls and construction management, YMC has the capacity to lead them all. “We are keenly focused on innovation and lean continuous improvement in everything we do, which is a significant value add for our clients,” emphasizes Young.
Often, the challenges related to project management revolve around the increasing talent crunch coupled with the never-ending quest of finding the right people to support the processes and plans that a company has put in place. With a flexible approach that encourages free thinking, innovation, and transparency, YMC attracts, attains, and retains the right talent that appreciates a culture of true values. To this end, YMC rewards its employees with competitive salaries and benefits and ensures low turnover while working on long term capital projects.
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic wherein remote working has become a necessity, YMC has been leveraging leading technology tools to stay relevant in the market and adapt to the new workforce dynamics. “We are using Microsoft Teams to ensure smooth remote collaboration on our projects. We have been utilizing not just the meeting function but also the Planner application, which provides us more visibility into ongoing tasks, cuts down on the need for numerous meetings, and streamlines the overall communication process,” states Young. Moreover, YMC works closely with its clients and meets the key stakeholders, serving as a liaison between them to break down silos and ensure seamless project management and completion. As a facilitator, the company’s expert team collects a list of criteria important to each group and connects the dots through one-offs or separate meetings. “Our industry experience enables us to know what questions to ask and when to ask them, all the while imbibing emotional intelligence to the whole process for making sure our clients feel comfortable while speaking to us,” notes Young.
YMC follows the ideology that success is driven by an engaged leadership that understands and relates to their employees and customers, making it an effective team culture. The company nurtures a truly diverse workplace, including people from different nationalities, races, ages, and demographics. “We work with clients that resonate with our values. We believe that in terms of project management, at the end of the day, ‘people’ are a company’s number one asset,” adds Young. YMC is highly proactive in giving back to the community and mentoring the youth through collaboration with local STEM organizations. “Our drive is to seek company to company mentee and mentorship and continue to be more active in our local communities,” asserts Young.
Due to its agile approach backed by an incredible team of subject matter experts, YMC is flexible enough to make the necessary adjustments quickly at any time in order to improve the overall project management process. Over the years, YMC has built a solid business foundation by forging relationships and hiring the best local team members to ensure exceptional client satisfaction with all services. Steering ahead, the company aims to continue adding value to its customers. Apart from increasing staffing and securing more projects, the company will be enhancing its ability to share its processes with more construction and equipment manufacturing companies while also expanding its footprint in the energy and infrastructure sector.