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Meet Matthew Boomhower of Southern Cross Property Consultants in Morena District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Boomhower.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for undergrad. This is also where I met my wife. I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1997 and went to work for a local design/build firm while my wife was in graduate school. In 1999 I joined Nielsen-Dillingham Builders, a San Diego based general contractor, as a project manager; my first project with them was construction of two parking structures in Gatlinburg, TN. When those projects were completed, the company relocated us to San Diego. I then worked as part of the field management team building Petco Park for the Padres. When my portion of that project was complete, I moved into the corporate headquarters and did preconstruction consulting on projects.

In 2002, I had the opportunity to start my own construction management firm, Southern Cross Property Consultants. Despite having no experience running a business and being in my late twenties, we celebrated our 15th anniversary in July of 2017 and now employ 11 people with offices in San Diego and a new office in Orange County. When the great recession hit, work slowed down, so I took the opportunity to go to law school. While this seems like a significant detour, we work regularly with contracts and regulations, and many projects require land-use attorneys so it was a natural fit. Because I was running a business, I attended California Western School of Law part time from 2010 to 2014.

I have been a licensed architect since 2006 and a licensed attorney since 2014.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not smooth at all. I had no formal business training or education, so everything was learning by doing. While I had experienced economic downturns before, surviving the great recession required a lot of patience and persistence, along with a lot of hard work.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Southern Cross Property Consultants is a third party construction management and technical architecture firm. We provide a variety of consulting services including permit processing and expediting, design management, and construction management. We also perform a great deal of facilities management and consulting to assist clients in the ongoing maintenance of their facilities. Much of our work is focused on renovation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of existing buildings, although we are involved in some ground up, in-fill construction projects.

Our clients tend to be infrequent purchasers of construction; people who own a building or are doing a project but are not construction experts. We specialize in guiding this type of client through the project process and ensuring they achieve their desired results, especially as it related to obtaining their project on time and on budget. We do a great deal of work for multifamily properties, both homeowners associations and apartments. We also do a lot of work for religious organizations (churches and schools) and commercial clients.

I am most proud of the fact that we have a topnotch team that is able to provide a level of professional consulting and oversight to our clients that is often not available to anyone but the largest developers. Roughly 85% of our work is repeat and referral, which we feel is a testament to the value we bring to the process for our clients.

What were you like growing up?
I’m an introvert and a nerd, but I also played sports and was active in the Boy Scouts. Because I was in different circles, I had friends with a variety of interests. I am an Eagle Scout, and I learned invaluable lessons about being a leader through scouting. My family never had a lot of extra money floating around (I have two younger brothers, Dad is a retired pastor and my mother was a stay-at-home mom), so I quickly discovered that I needed to find ways to make money if I wanted to do anything. I had a paper route, but gave that to my brothers when I discovered I could make more money mowing lawns in the neighborhood (you can do that in Ohio), by the time I went to college I had a decent “mow and blow” business up and running.

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