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Irrigation and Lighting: My short story.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Irri-Light, May 6, 2011.

  1. Irri-Light

    Irri-Light LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I started in the industry when I was sixteen working for the City of Irving Parks Department. We did landscape maintenance for parks and ball fields. I worked there during the summers through high school and two years of college.

    I eventually went full time for five years. During that time a licensed irrigator took me under his wing and taught me the ropes. I learned to love irrigation and decided to get my irrigation license. Although working for a city you don't necessarily need it, but I figured one day I may venture out on my own.

    The year was 1996. I got my license and as the years went by I got an itch to be in business for myself. I made a five year plan. I decided to finally leave the city. I searched out a commercial irrigation company to work for to get me out of the city mind set and some experience in the private sector. I worked there for almost a year. I decided I didn't like commercial work. Not enough interaction with people.

    I realized I needed product experience. I sought out a local supplier and got hired on there. My product knowledge grew, along with my contact list. I really enjoyed dealing with other irrigators doing what I wanted to do. I put in my two years and made my decision. I was out on working under a boss, and in on becoming my own.

    I gave my two week notice and sent out seventy five letters to the contacts I had made. Five or six answered needing an irrigator to do some work. The rest is history.

    I've been in business now for eleven years. I do irrigation service for residential customers. I also install and repair low voltage landscape lighting. I love troubleshooting and happy customers.

    I've been married fourteen years this June to my wonderful wife and have one son.

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