Have you ever needed to call a handyman and gotten that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach because you know it is like a box of chocolates? (You never know what you are gonna get.) Let me introduce you to a friend of mine for many years, and he is a friendly and dependable face to his clients from insurance agencies to individuals. He is much more than just a handyman though, Dave is a Christian guy and a single father.In short, to put it in local terms, he is good people.
BRIAN: Dave, thanks for taking time to talk to me and let people get to know you. You grew up here, so talk a little about what that was like and how it made you who you are.
DAVE: Thanks for taking the time to interview me. I grew up in Kingsport and attended Sullivan South High School before going on to Northeast State. Growing up and living my life in Kingsport instilled in me a work ethic and an appreciation for doing the job right the first time. There is nothing like the smile on someone’s face when they realize I have gone above and beyond and then realizing they have been charged a fair wage for what I have done. Those two things are all of the motivation I will ever need to keep doing things the way I was raised. Growing up, I saw the good side and the bad side of business, so I have seen the other side of things when customers are upset and not satisfied. I do my very best at everything in my personal life, so it was an easy decision to treat my professional life the same way.
BRIAN: I know you are like me and you will never move away from here no matter what. Why do you like this area and the people who live here so much?
DAVE: This area is home and it is where the people I love live. There is a list of great things about living here that is way too long for one interview. But if I have to pick a few they are things like the small-town feel, the sense of community, low cost of living and low crime rate. The natural beauty of the area is one of my favorite things about this area as well. My kids and I like to go and enjoy the Green belt, Bays Mountain and all of the other outdoor things to do. Schools here are top notch in my book too. My kids go to Kingsport schools and my boys play sports there along with the Boys and Girls club activities.
BRIAN: Most of us from here have a deep sense of faith that guides our life day-to-day. Tell folks a little about your faith and how it drives you.
DAVE: My faith is like a GPS, any time I get lost or need to find a new direction, it keeps me on the right path in my daily life. I am constantly guided in my business by the verse Matthew 7:12, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” That verse has served me, my family and my customers very well.
BRIAN: One of the things I admire the most about you is the fact that you are a Dad first and foremost. It isn’t easy being a single father, talk a little about that and brag on your family.
DAVE: Being a single parent certainly has its challenges and its rewards. First, everybody should know it is double the work and double the stress. It seems like I am always trying to find an extra thirty minutes in the day or wishing I had an extra set of hands to help out. With that said, the good Lord knew what I could handle and he chose to bless me. I have two boys and a girl. Chelsea is 2, Devin is 13 and Blake is nine. Chelsea has also blessed me with a granddaughter named Ariel who is getting ready to turn three. Devin plays football at Robinson Middle School and Blake plays for a team at the Boys and Girls Club. Devin gets up every morning and makes me coffee. He says it is just something he wants to do for me and those little things mean more than I could ever explain. It is easy for a single parent to get caught up in the hustle of each day, but I stop and remind myself that these kids won’t be little forever and I am shaping the people they are going to become. To sum up my family/kid situation, blessed and proud.
BRIAN: Finally, I can’t end this without letting you tell people about your business. I have watched you work at this for many years and I know you do great work for people and don’t burn them on money. Tell people about what you do and how they can learn more.
DAVE: My company name is Handyman A-Z and that pretty much says it all. We do everything from painting, plumbing, decks, remodeling, small electrical jobs, landscaping, and etc. IF people want to learn more about us, see pictures of jobs we have done or get in touch with us, they can go to our Facebook page, Handyman A to Z. I can be reached directly at 423-963-0415. In my experience, every job is different, even if it is doing something we have done before. However, I do not see that as a bad thing. When something challenges us it stretches our capabilities and makes us better. I enjoy what I do and I am good at it, so if something comes along that needs a unique solution, I love to take that task head on.