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image Dan Amon, head of BioTex Foam Insulation

AUSTIN - No matter what the situation Dan Amon faces, he uses a strategy that has worked for him time and time again.







    “A formula I have used multiple times in my life has been to say, ‘Lord, this seems like a great opportunity and I have peace, so I am going for it. But, if you don’t want this to happen, slam every door in the world to turn me around,’” Amon says.
    It’s a formula he has had plenty of chances to test. After quitting school and joining the Navy at 17, Amon started his post-service life as an ironworker in the Dallas area. Discouraged by the on-the-job accidents he saw, Amon jumped at the chance to help a pal build a house, and fell in love with framing.
    He worked all day but soon started partying all night, which took its toll on Amon. He soon embraced the peace he felt after moving to Lake Whitney and joining a small church there. Tired of the commute to and from Dallas, he then changed jobs twice before getting laid off. Amon opened a framing and remodeling business in McGregor and then went to work as a homebuilder’s superintendent. Three years later, he began building houses under his own steam in Georgetown – and that’s when an opportunity came along that changed Amon’s life.
    “A customer I was building a custom house for said he wanted spray foam insulation. I had never heard of it; everything I had ever touched had been fiberglass insulation,” he says. “I did a little research, hired a guy and did the house in spray foam. It’s amazing; it’s a quantum leap in performance over fiberglass and instantly pays for itself. From that point on, I was in love with spray foam, even though I was building houses, and I began to offer it to all of my clients.”
    Rather than slam in his face, doors began to open wide for Amon. In 2012, his website developer, who also created a spray foam insulation business owner’s website, told Amon the owner was selling the business and offered to put the two men in touch.
    “My website guy knew I loved spray foam, so I said yes,” Amon says. “I met the owner at a McDonald’s, had a 30-minute conversation, shook his hand and changed careers sitting in a booth at McDonald’s. I didn’t remember that I was going to have to explain this to my wife and have her blessing! She told me in the past, though, that when I have these opportunities and peace about it, she trusts me.”
    As the new owner of BioTex Foam Insulation, Amon had to trust himself as well – along with a higher power. The economy was sliding, he didn’t have any clientele, and he and his wife were living off credit cards and a small sum made from a house sale.
    “There was no huge guarantee of any sort to switch careers and go into a spray foam business with no clientele,” Amon says. “It was the exact opposite – it was risky as heck! There were plenty of days when I went to bed at night with no work the following morning.”
    Still, he believed he would succeed.
    “We slowly scratched and clawed. My philosophy was to be on time, be clean, create no drama, do great work and leave a job better than we found it,” he says. “I wouldn’t even call it nerve or bravado; for me, it was faith. I just felt like God was my provider and that He would provide. I only had enough light for the very next step. Beyond that, it was pitch black, but I had the sense that God is good all of the time and it’s going to work out if I keep moving forward.”
    Six years later, Amon has built the company to five employees and a long list of loyal clients, for which he is grateful. He also had the opportunity to work with his son Jared, who served as general manager until last April.
    “It has gone fast, but it has been good,” Amon says. “I tell people that if they want to be self-employed, it’s a flat-out faith walk. We’ve had plenty of hard times but it’s worked out great, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
    Subcontractor BioTex Foam Insulation is in Georgetown. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net