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Meet Evan Coles of Simply Strong Engineering

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Coles.

Evan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am the youngest of five kids, and the first one to go to college. I grew up catching lizards with a blade of grass and surfing every day in Pismo Beach. When it was time to choose University, I knew Cal Poly was the only place that I wanted to go, and I chose Architectural Engineering because I loved the challenge of figuring out how to make architectural designs work. My first job out of University brought me down to San Diego, working side by side for ten years with my current business partner, Sean Kessel.

Six years ago, Sean and I were motivated to start our own engineering company, even with a housing market that was struggling. What an amazing journey it has been! We started by working out of our houses, and have steadily built the business to several employees and a new office that we love. Even as a business owner, I am still an engineer through and through, and I am passionate about being hands-on with every project that I complete.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We were profitable from the first month, which was great, but we have had to learn everything (except engineering) on our own. We were never trained as business owners, managers, marketers, human resource specialists, lawyers, bookkeepers. It was a steep learning curve to figure out all the business related aspects, while still managing the engineering projects that were coming in.

Simply Strong Engineering – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Simply Strong Engineering provides structural engineering services for residential, multi-family, and light commercial projects. As a company, we are very meticulous with our attention to detail and excellent customer support. We are a small team of engineers that pride ourselves on responsiveness, both during the engineering work and during construction, when a contractor needs immediate answers. We work closely with the architect to ensure the most efficient design without over-engineering. We have an amazing client base – most of the architects and designers that we work with have been with us since the day we started our business!

The name Simply Strong came from our engineering principles — we try to bring the simplest, efficient designs that don’t waste money but are strong enough to not sacrifice the structural integrity of the building.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is loving what I do professionally, watching my company and employees grow, and creating a positive and fun company atmosphere. All this, while having time to spend with my wife and three children. According to this criteria, I feel like I’ve succeeded already. There is always room to learn, grow, and improve, and I’m looking forward to the next step in the journey.

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Bradley Schweit

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