If you have a family business or plan on having a family business, you’ll relate to this article. Unbeknown to me, back in 1976, getting involved in the flooring industry was not on my radar. I was working with my father-in-law Jerry (Photo 1), installing carpet while going to school. Forty-three years later, we’re still involved and now another generation is continuing in the flooring/building industry. My son, Jason, attended college for a year, but decided he wanted to be involved with the family business. I remember having a discussion with him about being in this business and to not swim with all the other fish, but to be different and to maintain high standards with business and work ethics. He’s done a great job of that and I know that he’ll continue to maintain this level of craftsmanship and work ethic in the years to come.
Family friends of ours, the Lewis family, own a business in Phenix City, Ala. Father Roy, wife Robin, son Allen, and his son Westin, have owned Eagle Interiors for 22 years and in July 2015 expanded their business and opened up Eagle Floorcovering Supplies. Who knows, one day Allen’s son Westin may eventually be part of the business; from the way his dad dressed him up a few years ago he’s fitting right in. (Photos 2-3)