I can trace my desire to home improvement all the way back to my teen years. My parents owned a home that was over 100 years old. I would find myself thinking of ways to change the floor plan to make it flow a little better. I did some minor work in their attic thinking that I would someday build a model railroad as a hobby up there.
I gave up the thought of college to work with my dad in his heating, ventilation, and air conditioning business (HVAC). I had been working with him during the summer in my high school years and learned how to be a service technician repairing all types of restaurant equipment, HVAC equipment, making electrical repairs, and some minor plumbing repairs. I had worked with him for about five years when I realized that working with family is not always a good thing.
I applied for and was accepted for a new position that came available with Ryans Steakhouse back in the mid 80’s. The position was for a maintenance technician in the Atlanta area. I would be responsible for all the maintenance of the building and equipment in the building for about seven locations throughout the Metro Atlanta area.
After approximately two years, I decided I wanted to try college and I left Ryans to work for a commercial refrigeration company located in Norcross. My thought was that I would attend college in the evenings. Unfortunately, that never happened.
After another two years, I left the refrigeration company and accepted a sales assistant position for a local manufacturer’s representative in the HVAC industry. This allowed me time to enroll at what was then known as Southern Tech in their mechanical engineering program. It did not take long to realize at the rate that I was taking classes, it would take me about ten years to get through school. I was also questioning whether or not the financial reward would be worth the effort so I made the decision to drop out.
Within a couple of years, I was promoted to outside sales with the rep firm. Within the first year I had increased sales by about 30% over the salesman that I had replaced. Before my departure about ten years later, I had increased sales to over $2 million a year. However, I was not content and the pressure of the corporate world was tremendous.
After working with the rep firm for more than 15 years, I decided to move to a small corporate environment and accepted a position at a small family owned heating and air company located in Douglasville in primarily commercial sales and some high end residential sales. The experience was great, but it was during the great recession and sales were not very good so I made the decision to move.
Through a brief position as an outside sales person at another local rep firm, I found a position for a small firm that had found a niche in the HVAC market. I started as an inside sales person and soon became their office manager, but I still was not content. Something inside me still wanted to be involved with construction where I could be more hands on. That is when I started looking at home inspections and handyman work. It fit well with my past experience and it is something that I enjoy doing. It has been a passion of mine for many years and I look forward to working with you on your home projects.
Certifications & Associations
Lifetime member of the Association of Certified Handyman Professional (ACHP).
OSHA 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Training Course in Construction Safety and Health
Nest Pro installer. Nest offers a line of home products (i.e. cameras, thermostats, smoke detectors, etc.) that are accessible through internet connected devices.
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