It’s pretty late in the evening here, in a completely quiet house, as I troll through my computer’s hard drive and the articles I’ve written, which number in the thousands by now. I come across an article I did last year for Remodeling magazine, an excellent publication read mostly by contractors. The editors there had asked me to find three young people who were being groomed to take over their family’s respective remodeling businesses.
As I recall my conversations with Amie Riggs, 31, of St. Louis, Mo.; Chris Gayler, 28, of Danville, Calif., and Edward Lane, 31, of Richmond Va., I am filled with hope. These kids all have infused their family’s firms with fresh ideas, lots of technology and the kind of trust you get with kin.
And then it hits me why I feel so good about remodeling companies: It’s because I’m sent out by editors to talk with the best of the best: award winners, those honored by their peers, those who are doing good things. For all I know, they are the norm.
Of course, we all know there are plenty of not-so-competent companies who want your business. I wish I could transfer the hard drive in my mind to the hard drive in yours so you’d intuitively know that there are amazing companies to hire, and you’d insist on finding one for your own project.
To get a taste of my world, read these short profiles:
Amie Riggs (pictured), who rose from “lobby girl” to vice president and sales manager in the company founded by her grandfather in 1959.
Chris Gayler, who finally found a career that doesn’t bore him.
Edward Lane, whose professionalism and grace caused his dad, Ed Lane, to say: “Edward joining me in the business has been one of life’s most wonderful, rewarding, and successful experiences.”
Read these and then tell me, is this a good world or what?
(Photo: Jon Rehg / Mercury Pictures)