A: BRENTON: I started working in construction at 19 and had a passion for it. I worked on various projects, including kitchens, bathrooms, decks and more. My main interest was in decks, and the goal was to eventually start a decking company. So, when I was 19, I created a business plan outlining a four-year path. Initially, we planned to offer a wide range of services, gradually specializing in decks by year three. I had always envisioned Tommy joining the company, and four years later, around age 23, I began pitching the idea to him.
After a year of discussions and analyzing the numbers, Tommy agreed to join. Initially, we set modest goals, thinking that building 20 decks a year would be good. However, we exceeded our expectations and, with the help of the increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, decided to drop all other services by year three and focus solely on deck construction.
I've known Erik for about eight years. Three years ago, as we were looking to expand the company, I talked to Erik about joining. I knew he and his family ran a hardworking lawn mowing and landscaping business, and he was studying construction management at BYU. I spent months convincing him, and two years ago, he joined us.
Erik's dedication was immediately evident. He treated the company as his own and worked tirelessly to improve it. After his first year, we invited Erik to become an owner, one of the best decisions we've made. His incredible work ethic and knack for finding efficient solutions have been invaluable. Additionally, he has a strong rapport with employees, fostering a positive work culture.