The Last Word: TatumTek’s Edwin D. Tatum on Modular Home Construction

“There’s no point in making customers wait a year on the largest purchase of their lives.” 

Edwin D. Tatum
Founder and CEO 
.…from a roundup of profiles of regional business leaders honored in EY’s 2022 Entrepreneur Of The Year program, via D CEO.

Last month, Ernst & Young announced the winners of its 2022 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Central Plains Awards, and all but one of the 11 winners are from North Texas.

D CEO has profiled the winners, asking them to share their strategies and lessons learned. Tatum told D CEO he got the idea for his modular construction firm after he stopped playing pro basketball in Latin America and started investing in residential construction. 

“I became frustrated with the change orders, inspection process, and delayed times. I distinctly remember telling myself, ‘There has to be another way.’” Tatum told D CEO. Today his company can build a home in eight to 16 weeks, and do it more sustainably, he says, with a forecast of over $50 million in revenue this year.

Other local EY winners offer some great advice in the D CEO story:

Gabe Abshire, Utility Concierge: “Replace yourself as soon as you can! When you are starting out, you have to do everything—even the things you hate and suck at.”

Lawrence King, Headstorm: “Tenacity is underrated. Very few boxers become a champion without getting knocked down during the fight. Same for entrepreneurs.”

Michael D. Gianni, MD7: “Take action, don’t just brainstorm… An 80% solution that gets enacted is better than continuing to seek a 100% solution that never gets out of the gate.”


For other revealing quotes about what’s new and next in North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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