74: BOND: 100+ Years of Evolution in Construction with CEO, Anthony Bond

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Anthony Bond is the fifth-generation CEO of Bond, a family-owned construction firm with a rich history that stretches over a century. Founded in 1907, Bond has played a prominent role in shaping infrastructural development within and around the city of Boston. Bond’s leadership oversees two distinct divisions: Bond Building and Bond Civil and Utility, both of which exemplify excellence in their respective domains. Under Anthony's guidance, Bond nurtures a long-standing relationship with clients such as Eversource and contributes to the region’s landmark projects, including the central artery tunnel in Boston.

Episode Summary:

In this fascinating episode of design development, host Rens Hayes welcomes Anthony Bond to delve into the journey of a time-honored family business in the construction industry. The conversation sparks with a personal touch as Rens introduces us to Anthony's passion for skiing and the significance of family and balance in his life.

The episode weaves through Bond's 100-plus-year legacy, emphasizing the company’s evolution and adaptation to meet the changing demands of the construction world. Anthony sheds light on the nuanced challenges of scaling a construction business while maintaining the essence of its founding values.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bond's longevity in the construction industry is reflective of its ability to evolve and specialize in both building and civil utility works.
  • Anthony Bond emphasizes the importance of work-life balance and the need for professionals in the construction industry to unplug and recharge.
  • Effective communication and early transparency in construction projects are fundamental to Bond's strategy for client satisfaction and repeat business.
  • Anthony shares insights on leadership growth, the value of learning from a diversity of industries, and the importance of developing internal talent to foster company progress.
  • The focus on nurturing relationships with clients has been key to Bond's enduring success, evidenced by their century-long collaboration with companies like Eversource.

Notable Quotes:

  • “Our business can be a big part of our identity, but it shouldn't be the only part of our identity.” – Anthony Bond
  • “Bad news early is better than bad news late.” – Anthony Bond
  • “We want to be the best contractor, but when I compare ourselves, it's not just about being the number one or two contractor. How can we be Apple? How can we change the industry?” – Anthony Bond


  • Bond (Company Website): Bond's official site
  • FMI Leadership Podcast: Hosted by industry consultant FMI, offering insights and best practices in construction.
  • Young Presidents' Organization (YPO): A glo

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