2012 in review
It is still hard for me to believe 2012 is coming to an end and 2013 is nearly here. This past year has brought a lot of changes to the company. January 16th, 2012; My wife and I were blessed with our first child, our little girl Ella. She has changed our lives in a way that words cannot describe, a true blessing. I think from a father/husband perspective, it gave me a whole new meaning of “providing”. Now I was faced the challenge of wanting to be a family man, while still putting in the hours and dedication to the company to keep a paycheck coming in. Though I have adjusted rather well, the work days are still long, but man it sure feels good coming home and seeing that precious face. It makes it all well worth it! Without the dedication and support of my wife, none of this would be possible. She is a wonderful stay at home mom and understands and supports all that is involved in running a company. I am truly blessed.
Along with a little one, 2012 also brought me an abundance of work. And with the job outlook and a stronger economy, things were starting to finally turn around here in MI. Throughout the summer I had a 3 month lead time for all jobs, and I was lucky enough to have some great customers who were patient. Hopefully it was all well worth the wait. It is flattering to know that they are willing to put a project on hold as opposed to hiring someone else. It makes me feel like maybe I am doing “something” right!
In September, our move took place into our new Macomb Township shop and showroom. This was a big step forward, with hopes to become more efficient and profitable. Now, if I can only find a way to get everything done at the shop including; re-trim and re-paint the show room, show room displays, shop storage, a functional office, additional machinery, all while still getting jobs complete, I will be all set! Needless to say, I think I may be a little over my head on this one, but somehow, some way, I’ll make it work.
So, where are we headed in 2013?
I would like to think that 2013 will be even better from a business perspective for the company. This January I will be taking on a 8,000-9,000 sq. ft. home. This includes over 55+ solid mahogany doors, 4” casing and 7” base. Along with the staircases, this project will be a big one, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I would say this should make for a good but hectic start to the year.
As the year progresses, I hope to bring in a few more employee’s, This “one man show” thing is not cutting it these days. With the addition of a couple more skilled guys, this would also free up a little time for me allowing me to get the shop in order as well as preventing me from spreading myself too thin.
Other than that, I guess my biggest goal is to maintain a high quality product and exceptional customer service. I still want my love for what I do to be the main reason for going to work, and if success is part of it, well then, even better. So bring it on 2013, I am ready for another great year and look forward to all that you may bring!