Written by The Business Journal Staff
GHS Govans Construction
Education: I studied law and business, corporate finance and construction.
Family: My mother’s name is Barbara Walker. She was born in Richmond, California, and moved to Fresno in the 1960s. She was a homemaker who graduated from Edison High School in Southwest Fresno. My father’s name was Herman Govan. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was a Fresno Police officer in the 1980s
WHAT WE DO: GHS is a locally owned and operated general contractor and construction management company established in February 2005.We are a full service construction company with an in-house contracting team providing expertise across all trades. We pride ourselves on our high level of client satisfaction achieved through our high quality of work and commitment to excellence. We work closely with the local carpenters union and provide apprenticeship training and journey-level retraining to union members.
How did you get into the construction business?
On Feb. 24, 2005, I applied for a business license at City Hall for $10 and created Govan’s Handyman Service, doing small jobs from a home-based office and advertising on the Internet. That Internet presence led to a contract with Unlimited Repair Service, which worked with Home Depot and Costco to service aboveground home spas under warranty.
I started doing foreclosure cleanup for banks in 2007 under the trade name Govan’s Handyman Service Inc., and was offered an REO (real estate-owned, also known as bank-owned real estate) contract by FAS Inc., now Assurant Field Asset Service, and was hired to perform REO services. It was not long before more offers from companies such as Cyprexx for REO services and building maintenance. GHS also secured a two-year contract with the Housing Authority and Redevelopment Agency for janitorial maintenance and debris removal and participated in the Community Housing Partnership Program, which is a government-funded home loan program that provides homeowners in designated areas within the city of Fresno a choice of two programs – minor grants of up to $8,500 to enhance the exterior of their single family residence or major conditional loans of up to $39,500.
One project my company is working on now is renewable solar energy investment via our crowd funding platform.
How has your recent move to the Tower District helped your operations?
It has allowed me to become more innovative as well as privately fund our construction projects using crowdfunding and the power of the Internet to make solar affordable for all District 3 residents.
GHS has also partnered with Tesla Energy for large solar designs projects and infrastructure to be part of California’s 2020 solar initiative, when all new homes built must have solar to meet the new building standards.
GHS’s long-term focus is on corporate finance and offering our investors/ community stakeholders the opportunity to become true stakeholders in a construction development corporation.
How has insurance and tax consulting helped your primary business?
It was the engine that motivated me to start independent crowd funding CFO service to SMBs (small and midsized businesses) and become a consultant to startup businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities.”
My other ventures, MKG Tax Consultancy and MKG Insurance Agency, intend to capitalize on new Security and Exchange Commission rules under Regulation D, which allows smaller companies to raise capital through the sale of equity without having to register the offering. Over $1.4 trillion dollars was raised through the Regulation D exemption in 2014 and over 40,000 Regulation D offerings have been executed since 2009. Regulation D provides the capability to raise capital in compliance with state and federal regulations and provides the fundamentals necessary to accomplish soliciting and accepting investment from investors.
I provide consulting services to small businesses and assist them with raising capital using Regulation D offerings on our funding portal. For more information, visit mkgtax.com/crowdfunding-cfo-accounting.
What is it about your job you love most?
Mentoring mature companies and helping them raise capital.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch movies, volunteer in the community, offer free tax advice and insurance advice to SMBs, Networking, and spending time with family and friends.
What was the best business advice you’ve ever received?
From Malcolm X: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it.”
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? First job was probably in 1989 as a Fresno Bee paperboy. I learned that hard work and determination pays off and that you’re rewarded for your achievements and honesty.