Dig Into A 4th Generation Business Owner’s Key To Success

Dig Into A 4th Generation Business Owner’s Key To Success

In this episode of the Built for the Trades podcast, host Dan Dowdy welcomes Bret Barnhart, the owner of Barnhart Excavating, to the show. Dan and Bret “dig” right into Bret’s backstory of being a fourth generation business owner and how he found his success in making sure those around him are also successful and have no regrets.

Being in the trades, you probably know that there’s a lot of things that hit you every day. If you let those negative things get to you, you’ll just think business sucks, but at the end of the day, you’re making an impact with people.

– Bret Barnhart

If you feel like you have missed out on being taught how to run a virtuous business with a team to show for, this episode is for you. Dan and Bret share advice and insight that can be handed down for generations.


  • Find out how Bret is a fourth-generation business owner; however, his business wasn’t handed down to him.
  • Discover Bret’s core value of having no regrets.
  • Learn about Bret’s new Path to Success program people can join right out of high school.
  • Uncover the pain point of hiring and training team members in your business.
  • Learn one step you can take towards starting your path to success.

“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t have built the business the way I built it if it would have been given to me because I wouldn’t have had to go through the hard things.

-Bret Barnhart

About Bret

Bret Barnhart Excavating is a Native American-owned excavation company located south of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Barnhart’s have been in the excavation business for over 75 years.  Bret Jr. is the 4th generation, Barnhart, to own his excavating company.  Bret’s great-grandfather Herb Barnhart started his company in the 1930s with mules and slips.  A few years later, Herb saw his first motor-powered dozer, bought out the company that owned it, and the Barnhart Excavating legacy began.  In the years that followed, Bret’s grandfather, father, and uncle all started their own companies and continue to work today.

Bret Barnhart Excavating was established in 2002 by Bret Jr. and has continued to grow and expand in Northeastern Oklahoma.  Our company specializes in Earthwork, Utility installation, and Government Contracting.  We use the latest GPS technology to complete our jobs with accuracy and efficiency.  We strive to ensure all business and personal decisions made by owners and employees will accomplish long-term positive outcomes.  We are proud and extremely honored to continue the remarkable legacy created by the Barnhart family.

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