in the installation, assembly & repair industry for ready to
assemble products all started by accident.
Like many good
things, most people don’t know when they have something handed
to them that could be life changing; and when they do, seldom do
anything with it.
always loved building and fixing things.
Since I had this in my blood, the assembly industry was an
awesome fit that allowed me to help people while actually having
fun. Not too many people are blessed with that kind of career.
I also have a
background in the sign industry as a draftsman and
research manager of building codes, to determine permissibility
for a business’ signage (pole signs with wind shears typical to
basketball goals); along with providing a little engineering support
for the installation departments.
Along that journey
of working at a few commercial sign shops in central Ohio, a
coworker at one of the sign shops. At one time I owned a small vinyl sign shop where I made small real
estate signs and did some vehicle lettering.
One day, like most
other days, things were not all that busy.
I received a phone
call from that coworker asking me how things were going at the shop.
I said, “Not so good”… and he replied, “Good”! Perplexed by his
response I remember asking… “What does that mean”? He went on to tell me there was some assembly work where he
needed a helper. So long story short, the next day, I closed the
shop and went to do some assembly work.
At the end of the day of assembling some office furniture, I asked if he was hiring.
He replied no, but the
company I contract with is.
It took less than a week and I was on board with the National
Assembly Company (NAC) and cranking out the assemblies. I saw
the potential in the assembly industry and started my own small
furniture assembly service in Central Ohio.
After a local furniture ready-to-assemble superstore decided they would
pass out my assembly business cards; I setup a website called
Assemble-4-You to help enhance my business cards and other
Around this same time, another national assembly company was
looking for a tech in the central Ohio area. When they found my
website, I received a phone call from them asking me if I would
be interested in contracting with them.
Gracefully I turned them down as a tech; that same national
assembly company came back with another offer a couple weeks
later to buy my website and hiring me as a regional manager.
The difference between this company and my small local assembly
service was, they would assemble, install and repair anything
and they had hundreds of technicians that I would be responsible
Even though I was a natural at everything they offered, it
opened my eyes as to how big this assembly industry really is.
That company eventually failed along with two more of the NAC’s
I had worked for as a managing employee.
So another long story short... I became an expert in this
industry of all of the products we serviced as a technician and
a corporate training manager.
I took my training position very serious and bought a video
camera to record training sessions so aspiring technicians I
recruited from around the country could get up to par quickly.
Today, I have experience on both sides of the proverbial fence
as a corporate manager and a lifelong technician. You see, I
always have been and always will be a technician first.