|I grew up in Paulding, Oh. Paulding is near Van Wert and Defiance, Oh. The closest big city is Fort Wayne, IN I have been in the
concrete business for most of my life. My grandfather (who passed 08-05-08) and Father both owned their own concrete
companies. I guess you can say I am following in the steps of the family business. However, I do not see it that way...
I have been playing in concrete even at a young age of 5. It became mandatory for me to work at age 7.
At Age 17, I stopped working for my dad and moved to Columbus, Ohio with my mom. At that point I already had my GED. I started
working for Bill Schmidt General Contractors the next day. I started my own company 3 years later. Few years latter, Bill fires me,
tells me if "He didn't I would never go for my dream" his time clock was the last one I ever Clocked in ... Bill, and his son BJ work
for me now.
My mother helped me pay for me to go to a weekend Concrete Training class, I saved up for but fell short. That class opened my
eyes to a whole new world of concrete. SoI went to school to learn "Decorative Concrete", but I didn't just stop there... One cement
finish caught my attention, "Stenciled" it was new and wow to me. So I went to one those weekend classes too, seen a uncle there I
have not seen in years, so that was cool.
I could not sell a stencil job, no one knew what the hell I was talking about. I made 80 lbs samples 2' by 2' took them to my estimates,
still could not sell one! In till the day I gave one away for normal concrete price, to show people. I have been offering: stenciled,
stamped, colored, and textured patterns for 20 years now. Decorative form skins will be coming soon...
|3 bdrm Home $585,000
|3000 sqft $600,000
|The Concrete Guys
|Defiance, Paulding and Van
Wert Cortland Ohio Areas