Sure, the work we do as flooring installers and contractors isn’t always easy. We often work hard, long days under stressful deadlines. We are faced with challenges on the job and even with our busy schedules, we are expected to be on-going learners. For me, it has all been worth it. The flooring installation industry has been my livelihood since 1977—allowing me to live comfortably and to provide for my growing family, start a lucrative business and to be a part of an industry and group of people that are truly amazing.
We can’t look to the future of flooring without considering and encouraging the next generation of installers. As many high school counselors continue to advocate and push for college, trade careers like ours are too often overlooked and unconsidered, and it’s up to us to change the narrative.
I am happy to see that the construction industry as a whole is coming together to push our trades to the next generation—whether it be carpentry, plumbing, masonry or flooring installation. All are legitimate trades and a way to make a legitimate living. There are so many avenues to take within the construction industry and it’s up to us spread the word.
For everything I find challenging about being an installer, there are double (or maybe even triple) the amount of things I find rewarding, and that is the messaging that I hope to share with those considering a career in the flooring installation industry. Every day, my team and I use our minds and our hands to create— to create floors that serve as a foundation, transform spaces and will serve an important purpose for years to come. The excitement we share when a project is completed to our satisfaction, and most importantly to the satisfaction of the customer, hasn’t gotten old, even after 43 years in the industry.
As the owner of an installation company, I know first-hand the importance of apprenticeship and I often take on individuals who have expressed an interest in our industry. As an “industry veteran” and as someone who has met a lot of great mentors along the way, I see it as my duty to return the favor. The key is to respect your apprentices; don’t consider them just a helper. Consider them as part of your company as you bring them in and encourage them; show them the positive things about our business.Are you going to go to bed with a sore back some nights? Yes. Are you going to be tired from a hard day’s work? Yes. But will you be doing work that challenges you in the best way, makes a difference and leaves a lasting impression? Absolutely.