Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Cheadle.
Hi Ian, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
After many years working in the machining industry, I was feeling burned out. In 2013 I was given the opportunity to manage a complete residential rehab in Dayton, Ohio. Much of my knowledge from machining easily carried over into carpentry and I realized then, that my career path was in construction. I had a lot of fun doing residential construction but often felt overwhelmed managing subcontractors and I recognized how much I enjoyed working for myself and by myself. Right away, wood floors were a passion of mine. It has such a natural beauty. I became fascinated with different wood grains, colors, textures, and saw cuts. Focusing solely on wood floor construction was a no brainer. Once I had my niche, I quickly earned a reputation for myself. The busier I got in Dayton, the more I realized I wanted to be somewhere else. Texas was the obvious choice. The excitement and growth that Texas is experiencing drew me to it. My family and I moved to New Braunfels in August 2021 and it has been a ride. Because of Texas’ central location, I have been able to travel around the country to do wood floors as well as create beautiful floors in Texas homes.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has been filled with potholes. Managing employees and sub-contractors was a challenge for me that I ultimately decided I was no longer going to do. Timing out projects can be a struggle at times and I spend many weekends away from my family trying to meet a client’s deadline. Moving the business from one state to another was/is a struggle. I left Dayton with a solid reputation and enough confidence to fill the state of Texas, only to get here a become humbled. I have had to start my business from scratch and it has taken some time to market myself and to earn the confidence of Texans.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I install, sand and finish hardwood floors and I specialize in custom site finished hardwood flooring. I’m really proud of the floors that I have created. Nothing can beat the natural beauty that a wood floor can bring to a space. I am able to build something with my bare hands that is not only beautiful, but functional AND adds value to my client’s home. I do my part to stay up to date with the latest and best technology within the industry and I think my passion and eagerness to learn sets me apart from others.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’m not much of a surprising person. I am always upfront about my struggles and my achievements. Some people might not know that I drive a rainbow van that I blast punk rock music in.
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