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A Master of Many
LMG Construction specializes in military construction, commercial plumbing, construction management, and civil engineering work.
Lisa Garney, a lawyer and certified master plumber, founded LMG Construction in 2007. As the daughter and granddaughter of master plumbers, the construction business always played a big role in her life. She drew from her legal, real estate development, and project management experience to return to her family roots in commercial plumbing and general construction. In doing so, she revitalized a 100-year family tradition of meeting the needs of clients in a continually evolving industry.
LMG Construction is certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program. The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses located in distressed urban and rural communities gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Through the HUBZone program, LMG Construction has acquired over $40M in contract opportunities and support.
“I received my HUBZone certification in 2008,” said Ms. Garney. “The HUBZone program has taught me how to market to the federal government. It creates opportunities. I highly recommend the HUBZone program to all.”
Ms. Garney also contributes part of her success in the SBA program to the assistance she has received from Ken Surmeier, the Kansas City District Office HUBZone Program Liaison, as well as to Donna Leonard and Shelly Cunningham from the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
In addition to LMG Construction, Garney also owns LMG Professional Services, which specializes in regulatory compliance, public finance tools for developers, as well as zoning, code, and construction law.
A construction attorney, a master plumber, and a quality control manager are just three of the non-traditional female industries in which Ms. Garney holds a license. She is also a licensed pilot. Her love of flying along with her deep respect for the U.S. military has made LMG Construction being awarded a 5-year, $41.4M, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract at Whiteman Air Force Base a great opportunity and a perfect fit.
“I love flying and everything that has to do with airplanes,” said Ms. Garney. “So working on the runway at Whiteman is very meaningful to me. Every time I am out there, I can’t believe it.”
While very successful and confident, she still credits much of her business success to her employees.
“My biggest inspiration is my employees,” Ms. Garney said. “They work so hard. No matter the weather they show up.” And she quickly adds, “I am always looking to hire good people.”
When asked her advice on starting a business, Ms. Garney responded, “Always have a clear picture in your mind of what you want to achieve, give back to your community and your employees, be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally and know your financial information.” And she added two more pieces of advice, “Be fearless,” and “Find mentors you would like to emulate and follow their advice.”