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I often get asked how a tech guy ended up starting and owning a custom wood flooring company.
As a kid in the 1970’s I loved to tinker and build model boats and airplanes. During high school and college, I worked manual labor jobs to help pay the bills. After graduation, I married my college sweetheart, and got involved in a start-up business manufacturing disposable medical and consumer products. I received a crash-course in building businesses through my early efforts in sales management, while also pulling long shifts on the assembly line to meet the demands of our growing business. Along the way, my wife and I got our first “starter” home, which was a major rehab project. We did well with that 1930’s brick bungalow and then flipped another rehab in the same neighborhood. Part of restoring these homes to their original splendor included wood flooring. While I worked my “day job” by day, our nights and weekends were spent redoing every aspect of these homes.
By the mid-1990’s I had found my way into the telecommunications industry as a Sales Rep. I worked my way into executive management for a broadband and cable company, and the never-ending travel was killing me. By this time, we had started a family and I constantly found myself wondering… how can I spend more time at home with my family and not travel so much?