What is the biggest misconception about the industry?

Construction firms are filled with professional people solving very complex problems.  The general population doesn't always give contractors proper respect as a profession.  In my daily work, I try to demonstrate to others the professionalism our team displays. 

What is your biggest current challenge at work?

Interest rate increases over the past 2 years have amplified the construction cost increases we felt for the previous 3-4 years.  This double-whammy has tightened project budgets and slowed developers from proceeding with projects. It's derailed a few of ours.

What keeps you up at night?

The safety of our team is always my biggest concern.  Making sure everyone gets home safely to their families is our first priority.  Second is earning the satisfaction of our customers and getting paid for our work.

What project is your company most proud of?

Each one is as important as any other.  I can't pick one.  They're like our children.

How does your ABC membership help your company?

Being part of the community of builders, having others doing what we do to bounce ideas around, get feedback, and share advice are all great benefits of ABC.  Having a list of professional trade contractors is also extremely valuable.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Professional soccer player

What do you look forward to each day?

The excitement of moving the projects forward.

What are you like to work for?


What do you do for fun?

Golf, boating on the Chesapeake, pickleball

What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?

Develop projects for yourself, don't build only for others.

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ECI is a full-service contracting firm founded in 1974. ECI has a capable professional staff and a varied portfolio of new construction and building renovations, including condominium and apartment buildings, schools, churches, synagogues, community centers, automotive dealerships, restaurants, retail stores, commercial buildings, and office interiors. 

We work tirelessly to exceed our clients’ expectations and deliver quality work. We build efficiently and collaboratively, always with our focus on quality..


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Jay Eichberg


Eichberg Construction