Colm Higgins: A Long Road to Success
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN FRANCISCO — As co-founder of Current Construction, Colm Higgins looks back on the long road that led to where he is today. “My father was a carpenter and taught me the trade when I was a young man,” he remembers. “At the time, he was living in New York while the rest of our family was in our home country of Ireland, so I would visit him during the summers and work with him. Later, after graduating from college with a business degree, I started looking into the kinds of careers I was eligible for. It didn’t take long for me to realize it wasn’t where I wanted to be. I decided to return to construction and started working as an apprentice carpenter in New York.”
After gaining further experience in the field, Colm eventually found an opportunity to merge his college education with his hands-on acumen. “After living in New York for several years, I decided I needed a change of scenery, so I moved to San Francisco,” he recounts. “It was there that I reconnected with an old friend named David Breslin. We were both from the same part of Ireland and he had been doing construction in the Bay Area for 15 years. We’d both reached a point in our careers where we felt ready to take things to the next level, so we decided to join forces and start our own construction company.”
Today, Colm says his favorite part of his job is project management. “Since starting Current Construction, I’ve realized I have a passion for leading and motivating people. I love working with our employees and subcontractors, getting everyone focused on a goal, and moving toward that goal together.”
A resident of San Francisco, Colm expresses an appreciation for the Bay Area vibe. “One of my favorite things about living in the Bay Area is how friendly and positive the people are. It’s quite a contrast from New York and has been a much better fit for my personality. People here are very open to new ideas and possibilities, and I think that’s why a lot of new industries and businesses do so well in this area.”
Outside of work, Colm spends his time on a variety of pastimes. “I’m a very active person,” he says. “I love getting out of the city and into the wilderness, as well as going skiing, surfing and fishing.” Colm also enjoys at-home hobbies like cooking and playing music. “I love to cook—my fiancée, Pier, says if I wasn’t in construction, I probably would’ve become a chef. I’m also a big music fan and enjoy playing percussion.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Colm says he’d take a vacation. “With as much as I work, I think I could really appreciate a vacation,” he laughs. “I’d also do some more traveling. I’ve been to several places, including Australia and New Zealand, but there are still plenty more I’d like to see, like Japan and Africa.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What kinds of music do you like?
A: All kinds, from rock and hip-hop to South American, Cuban and Irish music. Basically, if it sounds good, I’ll listen to it.
Q: What’s your favorite type of food?
A: Seafood. I grew up next to the ocean and my father was a fisherman, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Q: Pancakes or waffles?
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Percussion instruments, including drums, bongos and a bodhrán, which is a traditional Irish percussion instrument.
Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
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A: The trumpet. I’d love to be able to play like Louis Armstrong.