It is a well-known saying the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Though the quote often borders on cliche, it crystallizes the genesis story of many successful businesses. One such story comes from Scott Patton and how he realized the dream that became Wellspring Builders.
After a decade spent in construction under the employ of a contractor, Patton and a college friend decided to venture out on their own. With their families’ support and many prayers, they took a leap of faith and started taking on small jobs. It was this little step that propelled their business into prosperity. Patton reflects, “We won a lot of clients by starting with small projects they could not get other contractors to do.”
This humble and hardworking approach to building gave them momentum, leading to projects like the Iron Mountain Records Management facility. As Patton recalls, this project, in particular, gave Wellspring “the ability to go to new clients and show them we were capable of more than our company’s age or size might indicate.”
Some of the most iconic landmarks in Nashville, such as The Listening Room and the Signature BNA Private Airport, have been executed by the incredible team at Wellspring. They can also be credited with rebuilding the Green Hills Mall and improving safety standards in Nordstrom.
Today, Patton is the sole owner following his business partner’s retirement in 2021. While Wellspring has many projects to be proud of accomplishing over the years, Patton has not just built buildings - he also created a solid corporate culture. In addition to always conducting himself respectfully and genuinely, he leads his team with humility. “My ask is always that we keep a ‘win or learn’ mentality. If we stumble, I only ask that we learn from that experience and use the lesson in future endeavors.” Patton continues to prioritize his team's success and encourage them in all aspects of their lives, noting that “if they are winning, I’m likely winning too.”
With this attitude, along with the support of his wife Valerie, whom he calls “the best partner I could imagine,” it is no wonder Wellspring has become one of the most successful commercial building companies in Tennessee. Patton and his team have left an indelible mark on our community - it all began with a single step.