Founder, Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation, Inc.
Jonathan Pease grew up in the heavy civil construction industry for the past quarter century working for his family’s company, starting off at the age of 12 by working in the maintenance shop and company tree nursery’s. His well-rounded and personal experience with all facets of the company’s rolls and scopes of work laid the groundwork for future success.
In 2000 he ran all operations of the family business from estimating to site superintendent to general management of all daily operations and construction activity. He Incorporated Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation, Inc. in early 2007, and to this date, Rock Solid is one of the few companies in the industry to offer a complete service under one roof. Jonathan is one of the industry leaders in the soil stabilization and road reclamation in the greater Midwest.
MCC (McHenry Community College)
NAU (Northern Arizona University)
- True Mentor Network
- ARRA – Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association
- YPO – Young Presidents Organization
- YPO – Young Presidents Organization, CIN – Construction Industry Network
- What is your education level? Partial College Education (NAU-Northern Arizona University) Construction Management – 2 years. ½ years at community college
- What are some of your favorite hobbies? Outdoor activities – boating, hiking, downhill skiing
- Why did you join True Mentors? A way to give back to the community and a way to help start shaping young minds to be successful business leaders in the future.
- How do you balance work, family, and a social life? I make time for the things that matter, my family, I do work a lot, and my social life comes down to spending what free time I have with my family and members of organizations that I am engaged in.
- What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get to where you are and what did you do to overcome that obstacle? My biggest obstacle personally, was getting out from under the shadow of the first generation (my father). My way of overcoming this obstacle was that I had to earn my position, my pay, and my job. I never would accept to be given anything because of who I was or the opportunity I was given, I had to personally feel I was worth that. It’s important to earn what you get, not get things because of who you are.
- If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you want to do? Something in sales, but something that still makes a difference for people.
- If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be more comfortable while making public presentations.
- If you were a mentee, what would you look for in a mentor and why? I would want to find someone who shares similar values to me and someone who had a similar type upbringing to me so as to better understand my situation. I believe that someone with similar values is easier to relate to.
- What Advice would you give your YOUNGER self, if you was to see them today? To be more confident and sure of myself.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? Creating a solid business.
- Who was the biggest influence/mentor in your life? My grandparents and my father because of their great example of excellent work ethics and always encouraging me in everything I have done.
- How did you get into this profession? I was born into construction and it’s always been a part of me.
- What message you want to give to people aspiring to work in your profession? To start at the bottom and work your way up, that’s true for any profession. Learning from the ground up is important.
- What was your first Job? Working at a tree nursery pulling weeds, watering trees, cultivating, & mowing the lawn
- What was your worst day at work? Nothing related to work, but I was at work the day my uncle died and was speaking with my grandmother and hearing her say good-bye to her son as he was taken away was very strange.
- What was your best day at work? Every day is a good day!!!
- If you had to pinpoint a couple of factors that are the reason for your success in business, what would they be? Always sticking to your core values and always striving to do better.
- What are some of your daily responsibilities? Day in and day out, I am continually trying to find ways to make the industry that we work in be better.
- How many hours do you normally work in a week? Typical work week is about 60-80 hours
- What kind of person would you refuse to work with? People who expect reward for doing nothing.
- What motivates you to do your best on the job? There is always someone on your heels wanting your job or trying to get ahead of you whether it be an individual or another company.
- What has been your biggest professional disappointment and how did you learn from it? I don’t really have any disappointments in what I’ve done, but more I’m disappointed in things that I haven’t done.
- What do you look for in a good employees? People that seem to have similar values in life and work. Key management employees that always find a way to stay busy and keep themselves busy even when they aren’t busy and make it happen.
- What is your biggest pet peeve in employees? Employees that don’t try anything on their own. I’d rather have someone try something and do it wrong than sit around and wait for someone to tell them what to do.
- How would you describe your work style? Organized Chaos
- What kind of personality do you work best with and why? People who think for themselves and aren’t afraid to try something even if it’s wrong as long as they aren’t putting themselves or others in harm’s way. I’d rather have someone try something and do it wrong than not try at all.
- What irritates you the most about other people in business, and how do you deal with it? Hypocrites
- Has there ever been a turning point, or a defining moment in your professional career? If so, what was it and how was it applied? (Was it a good book, or an event, or quote, seminar, or a manager that inspired you?) There has not really ever been a defining moment or turning point in my career because I always knew I wanted to have a career in the construction industry, I wasn’t sure of the exact path that I was going to take, but I always kept my options open and tried to think of different ways to do things and I always remained open minded about it. A lot of times I just went with my gut and trusted my own instincts
- What role should ethics (character, honesty, trustworthiness, integrity) play in business, as a business leader, and as a mentor to future business leaders? Ethics are huge; don’t be hypocritical, do things that are right and don’t sell out for a profit. Even if it costs you money to do the right thing, you do the right thing. The Golden Rule applies in business too: Do unto others, as you would have done to yourself.
- What are three of your greatest strengths? Why? Willing to take a risk and the ability to think outside the box. It always keeps you doing something new and fresh.
- What are some of your greatest weaknesses and how do you overcome them on a daily basis? Public presentations are my greatest weakness and I overcome that by making myself do them. The only way to overcome something uncomfortable is to continue to put yourself in that position until you become comfortable.
- What Mindset is needed to consistently lead? To be open minded and willing to learn from others, but yet be confident enough in yourself to make a decision.
- What are the qualities of a good leader? To remember that you don’t know everything, be open minded, and willing to listen to others. Take the good parts of what others have to say and bring that together to try and form something new. Remember that you aren’t the only person that can come up with ideas.
- What are the qualities of a bad leader? Someone that believes that they know everything, close minded, unwilling to accept ideas from other members of their team or company, someone unwilling to accept help.
- Tell me the difference between good and exceptional. Taking the extra step to make somebody’s experience exceptional and taking the time to raise the bar every time.
- What do you look for in terms of culture — structured or entrepreneurial? You want certain leaders working for you to be entrepreneurial, but still within a structure and you want some of your other people to follow the structure that the entrepreneurial create. You can’t have everybody structure or everybody entrepreneurial, you have to have a balance of both to run a business
- How do you handle stress and pressure? I don’t really think about it, stuff doesn’t bother me much, but if it does it doesn’t bother me for too long, I can usually blow it off really quick. I have more stress with personnel issues than anything else. Especially if you have to let somebody go.
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make? Having to fire an employee, because they may just not be a good fit, it doesn’t me that they are bad people. In those situations it’s difficult because you know it’s going to affect their lives to some degree for a certain amount of time.
- What does success look like for you? Living your life the way you want to live it and doing what you want to do.
- What Quote or Quotes is inspirational to you? Why? “The reasonable man spends his life adapting himself to the world, the unreasonable man spends his life adapting the world to himself thus all change is due to the unreasonable man” This fits business very well because you have to challenge things at times and you have to think and work outside the box, not all the time, but when the time is right you have to push the envelope.
- What is Your Definite of Purpose? Your purpose should be how can you impact and affect people in a positive way through a multitude of ways.
- How have you create self confidence in order to create your success? I think that some of it is your upbringing. I created self-confidence early on by making sure I earned what I made and never allowed myself to be given anything without earning it.
- What are the most important virtues/principles/traits of leadership that have enabled you to become successful? Earning where you are at from your own hard work, thinking outside the box, being open-minded and willing to accept ideas from others, and always do the right thing.
- What do you say to a person who wants success but have no vision? People who have success already some vision of what they want. You have to be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up.
- How do you keep your Vision alive, innovative, and new? Always striving to be better, doing more, and add quality and efficiency
- How important is it for a leader to have Positive Mental Attitude? Very important, I’m a firm believer that positive thoughts produce positive outcomes.
- What are ways that you have self-control so you can be the Master of your Fate? Living in my own internal core values. Especially in the business world because people are paying you to do something and you better do it with honor.
- What does it mean to get in the habit to do more than you get paid for? What are the advantages of doing this? Going above and beyond your scope of work helps you to understand all aspects of the business which makes you a more versatile employee.
- What are Tips that you can give in order to have a pleasing personality and influence people? In business you almost have to be a chameleon, you have to be open-minded to be able to meld with different types of personalities if you want to be successful in business. People want a personal connection in business.
- How do you cope with failure? What does failure mean to you? I don’t look at things as failures, I look at them as learning experiences. “Failures” are ways to learn to better yourself. You have to trip to get back up. “Failures” are what make you who you are and help you shape, and learn, and mold.
- How do you make sure that you live by “The Golden Rule”? Ethics are huge, do things that are right and don’t sell out for a profit. Even if it costs you money to do the right thing, you do the right thing. The Golden Rule applies in business too: Do unto others, as you would have done to yourself.