Photo by Rich Smith
Billy & Connie
Working together since 1992
What are some of the benefits and unique challenges of working together?
CM: I love that we get to bounce ideas off of one another, and we have a very similar work schedule. We also get to see our ideas become reality and enjoy our successes together. On the other hand, we have to be mindful and give one another grace and make sure we’re staying in our own individual work lanes.
What advice would you give someone about to embark on a venture where they will be working with their significant other?
BM: Don’t let fear stand in the way. Pull from one another’s strengths, and define work roles and goals. Spend time together talking, dating, and enjoying one another’s company outside of work.
How do you balance time spent professionally with personal time?
CM: This hasn’t always been easy, especially in the early days of working together. We have learned to take time away from work once we are together in the evenings. We have also learned that it is necessary to take vacations, have healthy friendships, spend time enjoying family, never stop dating one another, pray often, and lean on one another at all times.
What was the process like when it came to defining your roles for your business?
BM: That wasn’t easy for us, and it took us years of development before we finally obtained our roles, since we worked side by side for so long. Over time, we learned one another’s strengths in business and with other individuals.
What does your typical day together look like?
CM: Our typical day has come a long way from what it used to look like. Most mornings, we take time to enjoy a cup of coffee together before we go into work mode. Billy will head off to either the office for meetings or out in the field, and a lot of his day is spent dealing with new clients, existing clients, our land development projects, and mounds of paperwork. Meanwhile, my day is focused on keeping our companies on track behind a computer screen.
How has working together impacted your relationship?
CM: It has strained and strengthened our relationship. At times of growth, it can strain the relationship no matter how strong of a couple we are, but at other times, when things run more smoothly or we reach goals, it strengthens our relationship as we get to celebrate achievements together.