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Step It Up Entrepreneur

Feb 9, 2022

The past is one part of our lives and is sometimes one of the longest relationships any of us will have.  It’s only when we decide to make real-time edits to moments of disappointment, failure, despair, desperation, drugs, alcohol, emotional, spiritual, or sexual abuse do we begin to finally find the path were intended to be on.  Life gets simpler when we keep it simple.  You’re in for a real treat today. 

Bryan Bercik is a managing partner of Hemlock Homes based out of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania who focuses on interior residential remodeling, and building custom homes on clients’ lots.  His previous career led him to Real Estate fixing and flipping homes, wholesaling and eventually working for a company where he was paid well to learn on the job.  Bryan’s knack for logistics served him well and it wasn’t long before he went out on his own and started his business. 

Tom and Bryan get right into the discomfort of being naturally introverted, except when it comes to sales. Bryan shares how he almost talked himself out of a truly life-changing opportunity because of ties to his past.  They discuss the limiting beliefs that show up amongst “friends” and family when you start doing well for yourself. They try to take you off your focus.  Tom and Bryan talk about the importance of having core values in a company, their views on the employer-employee relationship, and the power of getting uncomfortable and taking huge chances that would make anyone stroke out and shit themselves.  If you’re a dyed in the wool entrepreneur, you’re in for a hell of an episode. 


What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Bryan was on parole from the age of 12 to 31
  • Life on the streets and the role Bryan actively played
  • One of Bryan’s most impactful core values and why he’s implemented it in his business
  • Why Bryan decided to start his own company and the risk he took not knowing how to build a home or the business partner he was taking on
  • How fast 14 Amish men can frame a home
  • What Bryan did to take their business from $1.1M in business to $7.5M in just 2 years 
  • A huge lesson Bryan learned on the importance and necessity of Branding
  • The total financial loss Hemlock Homes took during the pandemic after not asking their clients for anymore money 
  • Auditing Contractors invoices and why it’s important to you (Bryan breaks down the numbers) 
  • The first thing Hemlock Homes did once the covid restrictions were lifted in Pennsylvania
  • What happened when Bryan decided to do #75Hard
  • One thing that changed Bryan’s mind about business networking groups when he walked into his first event at Apex  
  • And much more!


Favorite Quote:

 “I get up every day and know that I work for every one of my employees. Every single fucking day. I understand that I work for you. As a business owner, if you don’t realize you work for every one of your employees, you’re a fucking loser. It’s that kind of culture. The team knows I’m not telling them to do some shit I’ve never done. I am right next to you working my ass off day in and day out.  If I don't get you to buy into my vision and I don't get you to buy into what we’re doing here at Hemlock, you’ll never work to your fullest.”

-Bryan Bercik 


Connect with Bryan:



Hemlock Homes

IG- Hemlock 


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