Pat McMullen, Owner, MGS Construction

“Crystal Darby, Business Advisor at the San Antonio SBDC, helped us prepare our first marketing brochure that we used to brief one of the largest pipeline firms in the United States.”

His Story:

It’s hard to imagine how Pat McMullen could be “bored” doing very little work and making very good money. But, that is exactly what frustrated him back in the ‘90s. For years, he had helped people start or grow their businesses but as he got older, felt he wanted to “practice what he preached.” With over 35 years of management expertise in environmental, engineering and construction, Pat started an electrical contracting company, in July of 2010. McMullen Global Services dba MGS Construction is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business providing electrical contracting services to three distinct markets – Federal, Commercial and Industrial. Prior to starting the business, Pat sought the guidance of experts at the UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) including business advisors in the Veterans Assistance Program, the Human Capital Program and the San Antonio SBDC. The advisors were able to help with refining the company’s business plan, developing an employee manual, coaching on how to secure a bond and the creating of an effective marketing message. After experiencing considerable success in government contracting, Pat was eager to expand into the commercial sector. Business Advisor Crystal Darby helped focus the company’s marketing efforts on pipeline and electrical installation which lead to acquiring a commercial contract with the largest pipeline firm in the United States. Pat also credits Crystal with “being solely responsible for the company’s acceptance into a jointly sponsored Association of General Contractors/Bexar County 10-week training program” which provided various growth opportunities and participation in the affiliated two-year Mentor-Protégé program.