Michael Bordes, President, AA Jedson Company, LLC
What advice would you give to those looking to enter the construction field?
Choose a field you truly desire. Make it your passion, and going to work will feel like a vacation! In my opinion, the best fields are engineering, energy conservation, alternative energy and technology.
What’s the hardest lesson you had to learn in your career?
The hardest lesson I had to learn would be following up—it’s so critical for every aspect of our business. The best way to catch anything missed or overlooked falls under following up. Every category of this business starts and ends here, and the sooner you learn this, the sooner it will pay off in experience, dividends and saved time.
AA Jedson has developed a reputation for superior service and excellence. How has it done so, and how can other construction companies establish a similar reputation?
Our ethics and work code make us stand out more than anything. We set a high bar and standards for ourselves; as far as planning, budgeting and scheduling goes, we stand out. We have found that the most important part of what we do is honesty. We have built a culture around ourselves as honest, hardworking and ethically correct, but we also are good listeners and value our clients.
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From The Bronx To Manhattan; Michael Bordes'
Michael Bordes grew up in the Bronx in the 1960s, the son of a New York City firefighter who, with two side jobs, probably brought home about $15,000 a year to feed and clothe a family of six.
“My parents had no money,” the 58-year-old Bordes said. “Raising four children in the Bronx, living in a bungalow with six people, is hard.”
A Bronx Story of Rags to Riches
Forbes magazine profiles the rags-to-riches life of Michael Bordes who went from growing up in a 1960s Bronx household that made $15,000 a year to owning a commercial and residential builder company that now takes in $20 million.
Bordes, who is now 58-years-old and owns AA Jedson Company with his sons, grew up in a six-person household, or bungalow as he calls it, with a father who was a firefighter and had two extra jobs.
According to Bordes, he had to toughen up as a kid because he would get bullied, and acknowledges that he got where he is now not because he was lucky but because he pushed himself.
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For the many who maintain a fitness regimen in Westchester, Mike Bordes is the one to thank (or gripe at, depending on how your workout went). Bordes is the owner of AA Jedson, since 2004 a general development and design/build firm that has given the region many of its trendiest fitness spots, including more than 20 SLT locations, as well as sites that house Rumble boxing gyms, Ripped Fitness, and Bikram yoga studios. In the last year, Westchester County saw the installation of more than 20 new businesses and projects that were linked to AA Jedson.
In his youth, Mike Bordes eagerly devoured his father’s Reader’s Digest how-to guides. It was a burgeoning interest that yielded his own six-person painting, plastering, and ceramic-tile business — by the time he was a high school junior.
Today, Bordes’ reach is eclectic: Rye Brook-based AA Jedson has also done numerous residential and restaurant projects, including Fortina’s Rye Brook and Brooklyn locations, Dig Inn, and Cava.
Looking forward, AA Jedson will begin work on a new project in White Plains while continuing its intensive involvement in the construction of fitness studios. “Westchester has been my home for over 20 years,” Bordes says. “To be successful within your own community is so rewarding.” For full article, click here
AA Jedson Co. President and Founder Michael Bordes does not choose favorites when it comes to the types of projects his company tackles. “I am proud to be involved in any project, and don’t have a preference in what I do or who I do it for,” he adds. “Construction has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years; I just feel lucky to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I do.”
Bordes’ passion for construction encompasses a diverse range of project types. Based in Rye Brook, N.Y., AA Jedson Co. is a highly diversified company with experience in single-family and multifamily residential construction, as well as commercial projects including retail stores, fitness centers, restaurants and offices. The company takes a similar approach to everything it builds.
“Our greatest strength is our attention to detail, which a lot of builders don’t do from the very beginning of the project, but we feel is imperative and critical,” Bordes says. “I look at almost very project from the very beginning and correct mistakes that only tradespeople can see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to the finishes and details in our project.”
Examples of the details Bordes emphasizes in the company’s work include the way walls are taped and cornered. AA Jedson’s crews shave the corners from Sheetrock walls to make them perfectly cornered. The company also takes steps to ensure that shelves are at plum level, he notes.
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No longer are lockers being looked at as smelly caverns to store your stuff during a sweat sesh. Michael Bordes is the president of Jedson Company, a construction firm that’s worked with buzzy NYC studios such as Rumble, SLT, Pop Physique, and Bari Studio. And he tells me that he’s recently seen an uptick in such clients requesting “more upscale locker rooms and bathrooms that are scented. It’s similar to what some hotels with signature scents are doing; the scent is generated [through the ducts] into the ambient air.” So, not only will you be buying into a studio’s signature workout, but perhaps its signature scent, too, as brands invest even more into selling a lifestyle—not just a class.
From Reader’s Digest at 13 to Building NYC and Beyond
Some of the greatest success stories begin with a person finding their passion during their teenage years. And, so it began with Westchester/NYC contractor, Michael Bordes of Jedson Company, LLC.
Michael learned everything he knows from being a laborer at a very young age.
When he was just a teenager, his father would get a monthly subscription of Reader’s Digest – How-to books – on construction plumbing, electrical work, and various home projects. Upon reading the books, he began helping around the house by completing various projects for his parents. By the time he was 17 years old, he was doing all the repairs on his Mother’s home. As a matter of fact, he was so good at doing the repairs that his mother no longer called anyone else for maintenance; she only wanted Michael to do them, and he did.
Before Michael started his own business, as a 14-year old who was anxious to work and make money Michael would try to get any work he could. He worked shining shoes, delivering newspapers and finally after mustering up some courage he rang the doorbell of a local mason. Michael asked the mason for a job!
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