Oakland, Fri Mar 14 19:32:28 2014
Where it all began...
I grew up in Bowling Green, OH, the son of a technology professor. Dad was in the PhD program at the University of Illinois at Champaign when he met my mother, who was working in the union cafeteria as an undergraduate. Life was on the opposite side of the boards that dad would run through a table saw. It's one of those tasks where a well-behaved kid can save you a lot of grief. Dad would take me along when he would visit the students he was placing in construction management. Meanwhile, I went to school, got big, and won awards for scholarship and participation in events where my team won. They fed us real corn, grown in the Black Swamp, and there was no shortage of music, theater, and hockey.
For college it was out to BYU on academic scholarship in 1984, as a chemistry major. It took me a little trial and error, but I figured out that I was only interested in chemistry when I was crushing on my lab partner. That happy association is to thank that my thermodynamics is still sharp. We had to learn about kinetics in the Eyring Science Center, and we didn't get full credit for an answer in physics unless there were 3 diagrams.
Next was an lds mission to germany hamburg. By the second month I was in Berlin, doing my part to eat the coldcuts that the Omas would bring from the East and prettymuch my version of evangelism. With the 4 years of german I took in high school and college classes after, I call myself bilingual. I became interested in Russian when I came back and went to school where my dad was on the faculty, BGSU. I understand and type cyrillic. Science ended up winning the whole science vs. religion question in a TKO.
After graduating with a B.S. in mathematics and minor in physics, I went to work building with my friends from my mission days. There is nothing that I haven't built over twenty-odd years: houses, steel-framed highrises, foundations.... The tonnage started to add up, so I've been finding and executing lighter work that is still heavy for normal people. For the current purpose of this site, I present images of my work anonymously. They are massive proof that I know how to manage building and that people can trust me to maintain their property.
For the years as I worked for myself, I told my clients: "you only have one reputation." I believe that. I provide a means to contact them, and what they can attest to.