Degrees and Certifications:
State class B Contractors License State Teaching License OSHA 30 hr Certificate renewed every 4 years to teach OSHA training Forklift Operator Certification CPR & AED training and Certificate Virginia Association of Trade and Industry Education Skills USA Advisory Member
Stafford High School Graduate.
College Credits needed to obtain state Masonry teaching license.
Virginia State Licensed Contractor for 38 years.
Masonry Instructor with Spotsylvania School systems at SCTC for 16 years.
Masonry Adult Education teacher at night for 2 years as offered at SCTC.
My career as a self employed contractor started at a young age. Even though I employed as many as 14 people at one time in those 23 years in business I always enjoyed working with my hands most days. It is something about taking a moment at the end of the day to admire the artistic accomplishment you and your crew have created. It gives you great satisfaction and self worth to build something that can stand the test of time. Building houses and creating masonry dreams for people can be very rewarding as well as stressful and labor intensive but the end result is worth it. I love riding by a house with a beautiful driveway feature, a pool, outdoor kitchen and/or fireplace surroundings that we built years ago.
My hope is to instill pride into my students and what they are building. To establish good work ethics, positive attitudes, Self-Presentation skills, and be able to work as a team to accomplish a common goal. My crew was a team and we worked together like a football team would. The best teams are the ones in the playoffs and they make the most money in the long run! We need skilled craftsmen to replace the aging work force in the world. My hope is to guide those students that like working with their hands or are creative in dreaming up designs to become craftsmen in any area of construction.
In the last several years along with teaching I have renovated 2 older homes. One was built in 1934 and the other in 1950. Both homes have been given a complete overhaul including roof, doors, windows, hardwood flooring, Heat pumps & Ductwork, plumbing, electrical & Panel, plus meters, extensive tile work, stonework, brick sidewalks, stoops, porches, and steps. The one thing that has stood the test of time and needs no work is the brick on the house that was built in 1950. That home’s exterior has another 100 years left in it before it may need any repair work to the brick. That speaks volumes for a quality product such as brick, block and masonry.
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