- Why did you want to start a business?
I’ve always had a strong work ethic. I worked for my parents’ company growing up, and it wasn’t easy. It was shoveling driveways and working long days after school when I was young. My father struggled with addiction and went through rehab. It was difficult at times, but I always wanted my own business. I just had to determine what that business was going to be.
I was inspired one day, called a friend that was able to be of tremendous help, came up with TMG in 24 hours and had someone make a logo. I had an early opportunity with post-construction cleaning and started there. Through word of mouth and a few opportunities, I branched out and began commercial janitorial services and was able to leave the HVAC industry and focus on TMG full-time.
At the time, I had some great mentors that provided guidance. Jon Duncklee taught me how to network and create opportunities. My father encouraged me to contact Teen Challenge when I needed to start hiring staff; they provide opportunities and connect employers and recovering addicts seeking employment in the community.
- What year did you start?
It was June 2016. The entire company was created in 24 hours.
- Who has helped you get to where you are?
John Duncklee, friend and professional mentor, pushes and holds me to a higher standard. Chris Calkins helped me form and start the business and provided back end support. Demi Penaloza was a shop mom. She took care of staff and aided with operations. Paul Lynn’s partnership provided the expansion opportunity that has brought a new level. Habble Gaffers Virtual Assistants relieve day-to-day stress by handling back end operations and human resources. Teen Challenge for staffing and helping good, fine people and giving them a second chance at life.
- You have recently expanded services; why?
TMG was given an opportunity to branch into demolition and to work with Paul Lynn. The collaboration and partnership with Paul provided an avenue to broaden the scope of services that TMG provides as a company. Renovations at the Coast Guard Academy afforded more opportunities that we were able to take advantage of. This eventually evolved to include property maintenance and repairs, demolition, and renovations.
How did you gain the construction knowledge?
Working in the field. I learn something new every day – especially from Paul.
- You recently sponsored a gala event. What does this mean to you?
The gala proceeds benefitted addiction rehabilitation services for the community. This all goes back to Teen Challenge and my own experience of being exposed to my father’s addiction during my childhood. These programs are doing great things, and I wanted to give back to the community.