Meet Scott Maloney, founder of K2M Design
, a high-growth entrepreneurial architecture firm with 38 employees at offices in Cleveland, Charlotte, North Carolina, Key West, Florida, Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. K2M’s expertise includes architecture, interior design, facility conditions assessments and specialty consulting services.
How did you come to be an entrepreneur?
This is what I was destined to do. Ever since I was a little kid, I had some level of business happening for myself, whether it was a lemonade stand, paper route, landscaping or snow removal. At the age of 16, I even had friends who supported my business.
Just before turning 27, I decided to take matters into my own hands and with a partner developed what was to become K2M design. Soon after, I joined the Cleveland chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization
, which provided the fuel to my entrepreneurial love. That love manifested itself into learning, sharing with other successful entrepreneurs, peer-to-peer opportunities, regional events, global events, committees, leadership and active participation.
Why did you start your business?
I purposely didn’t focus on building an architecture firm, as that was a product, but rather, a place where we can cultivate people, enhance our clients’ businesses, build relationships and succeed together. This philosophy is extremely strong in our business and culture.
Which specialty is your favorite and why?
I love helping private companies and governments think smarter. By recognizing what they have, creating a path to greater success and helping them execute brings me great joy. I love helping my clients win with the K2M team.
What motivates you to go into work each day?
The ability to wake up every day, be excited for what lies ahead, to know I am making a difference… And winning.
Why is Cleveland a great place to do business for a firm like yours?
It’s a perfect place for us and it begins and ends with people. The shared value structures, family importance, self-worth, culture, opportunity, incredible talent pool strength, affordability and the ability to get to major markets in a short period of time. The list goes on. I am a huge fan!
Who is your role model and why?
Bill Rollinger, my swimming and tennis coach. He believed in me, gave me the opportunity to fuel my entrepreneurial spirit by putting me into business in landscaping, pushed me harder than anyone else ever did, and celebrated the success. He was such an integral part of my life and knew how to capture the energy.