I got my introduction to the construction industry at the age of 17 with a large building corporation constructing new homes, and quickly was promoted to the position of foreman – quite a learning experience! While I genuinely enjoyed the position, it demanded a lot of my time. The company encouraged me to drop out of school to pursue the construction career on a full time bases. Although tempting, I opted to finish high school instead.
Upon graduating college, I accepted a position for Christian Education & Youth Ministries for the next 3 years of my life. My family moved to the Dallas area in 1982 so I could pursue my Masters degree. During that time, I started and operated 2 businesses. The first was Stonebrook Pools – a cleaning, new-pool construction, and pool renovation company. I also built and operated a vending business.
Soon I found both businesses grew beyond what I could accomplish in a 24-hour period. So I sold the cleaning portion of the pool business to employee, and also sold the vending business. I minimized my duties to focus on assisting high-end residential home builders in the installation of their swimming pools. Shortly thereafter, I merged Stonebrook Pools with a home builder to implement their operations for pool installations in Atlanta, Dallas, and other parts of California. In 1986 the oil crisis sent the corporations I was serving into bankruptcy, and in turn, collapsed my businesses over night.
At a crossroads in my career path, I made the decision to start focusing on providing for my family and serve God in my business endeavors vs. using business as a means to obtain my Masters degree. At that time, I began to build my career in Real Estate.
I spent the next 20 years with RE/MAX. Being a realtor gave me the flexibility to schedule around my many family activities, while also allowing the long hours needed to provide for 8 kids – God is gracious! Seeking a solid footing in the real estate industry, I acquired knowledge of the ins and outs of as many details of home construction – not just selling. I found myself spending many days shadowing home inspectors, roofers, plumbers, etc., in hopes to be as knowledgeable as I could be for my home buyers. I always do my best to go above and beyond for my clients, and still often think of what my grandfather used to say, “if you’re not going to do something right, don’t do it all”.
After building a successful career and client base in real estate, I joined the roofing industry full time. My son, Josh, asked if I would ever consider working with his company. Besides Josh being my son, it was the way he ran his business that impressed me. Doing things the correct way, taking care of clients, offering and honoring unparalleled warranties for customers, and having an honest approach to business that is God-honoring, made the decision easy for me. I am grateful to offer honest and unrivaled service through Advent Roofing & Restoration, and am proud to be a trusted local roofer in Plano, McKinney, Carrollton, Frisco, North Dallas, and Richardson.