Going out on their own
Entrepreneurs: Dublin residents launch construction business
Dublin native Chris Raymond created Eastern Slope Construction last fall after being in the business for more than 10 years.
Eastern Slope Constructions offers excavation services, repairs and new construction around the Monadnock region.
Fourteen years ago, Dublin native Chris Raymond, then a teenager, worked as a construction laborer in his hometown, plying his trade for several local companies. He gained experience in both the labor and business sides of the field, and used his growing acumen to found his own company, Eastern Slope Construction LCC, in November 2013.
Raymond said that as an employee of a large company, he was given great responsibilities; last fall, he felt it was time to go out on his own. Raymond and his girlfriend/office manager, Brianna Morrissey, started the company together.
“There is nothing like being successful through your own leadership, abilities, ideas and efforts. Being able to be independent and do what I love, as well as help someone else, is a great feeling,” Raymond said.
Now a businessman and owner of a family run construction company, the essence of Raymond’s life hasn’t changed. He still lives in the small town that has witnessed his progress, surrounded by the natural beauty of Dublin Lake. As he did years ago as a teen, he finds joy in his profession and looks at the future with curiosity. “One of the reasons I decided to create my own business was to challenge myself, be creative and learn something new every day,” Raymond said.
Raymond has directed that creativity to pursue one of his other passions — sustainable living. In 2008, he built a home that relies entirely on solar power. There are no power or phone lines, just eight solar panels providing energy for the house and a generator only available for emergencies.
“It is an ‘off-the-grid’ home. I’ve always been interested in sustainability and alternative energy — and what better way to learn about it than to live it?” Raymond said.
Eastern Slope Construction is not a solar or alternative energy company, yet according to Raymond, his interest in the subject has directed him to work in “greener projects.” “My firsthand knowledge and belief in sustainable living leads me to more and more projects involving sustainable energy. I am very proud to offer my knowledge and services through the company,” Raymond said.
Living in a fuel-free environment has been a learning experience for Raymond. “The knowledge I have gained from not only building it, but living it for over five years, has proved to be extremely valuable in my business as well,” he said.
Raymond said being a business manager for companies in the region for almost 10 years gave him the opportunity to gain experience in different areas of construction. The experience, he said, has paid off. “I had the opportunity to learn a variety of skills. That has served me well in taking my business out on my own,” he said.
Raymond also said that due to his prior experience, creating and running Eastern Slope Construction has gone smoothly. “Thankfully, there have been few challenges. I have a great group of customers and work very hard to maintain great relationships with clients, subcontractors and other local business owners,” Raymond said.
Raymond and Morrissey are the only permanent employees at Eastern Slope Construction; Raymond works with local subcontractors when the company gets bigger projects and said he is fully committed to local business development.
Eastern Slope Construction offers a variety of services from home renovations to commercial construction, including landscaping, demolition, excavation, driveway renovations, repairs, septic system installation, among others. Most of the work is supervised and performed by Raymond. The company has worked in numerous projects this spring alone, like building driveways, pools, demolishing old buildings and more. According to Morrissey, the company is fully insured and owns most of the equipment needed for the projects they are hired to complete.
Regarding plans to expand, both Morrissey and Raymond said the company will be primarily working in the Monadnock region in the near future. “Although we have a few projects outside the region, we intend to focus our efforts on our local customers’ experience, and creating a close relationship with them,” Raymond said.