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Jeremy Green, President, Performance Drywall LLC

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HOUSTON - Along with being president of Performance Drywall in Houston, Jeremy Green is also one of the project managers for a company in Waco called A&H Drywall. He lives in Waco with his family and runs Performance Drywall from his office there and comes down to visit and check up on things regularly here in Houston.

 

 

Where did you grow up?
    I was born in Clifton, TX and raised in the Waco, TX area.

Where did you go to high school?
    I was home schooled and earned my diploma through American High School. Both of my older children were home schooled, as well.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?
    I went to McLennan Community College in Waco and studied Engineering Blueprint and Drafting.

What did you do after graduating from college?
    I entered the workforce as a commercial drywall apprentice.

Do you have any siblings?
    I have two older brothers and two older sisters.

Are any of them involved in the construction industry?
    My oldest brother was a homebuilder who I worked for in the summers starting at an early age, and he recently retired. My middle brother is a paint contractor in the central Texas area and took over my father’s painting business. He has been in that industry for over 35 years now.   

Are you married?
    Yes, and my wife and I have been married for 22 years. We actually dated long distance because she lived in Houston and I lived in Waco at the time. We made the best of it by writing letters and sending them by mail for two years in order to avoid spending too much money on long distance phone bills. We were married in November 2005 and she moved to Waco with me. 

Do you have any children?
    We have a 20-year-old son, a 17-year-old daughter, and a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. When my son Caleb was born, we moved to Houston because he was the first grandchild for my wife’s parents’ so we wanted them to be able to spend time with him as much as possible.

Would you like any of your children to take over the company one day?
    Yes, that is the plan. Caleb started working as a handy man at the bed and  breakfast across the street from our home and expressed his interest in coming to work with me. I loaded him up in the truck and took him to a few different stores to acquire the tools he needed to make his start in the very same industry, with the same title, working for the same company that I made my start with over 24 years ago. I’m not too sure how many can say that, but it has definitely made me proud!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
    Being with my family, sampling rare whiskeys with a few groups I am a part of, such as the Waco Whiskey Club and the Texas Whiskey Society. I also enjoy road and mounting biking as well as traveling. I like to cook, and love to find foods that I have never tried before.

How did you get into this industry?

    I had a relative working in the commercial drywall industry and I got work by word-of-mouth.

How long have you been working in this industry?

    I’ve been in the same industry for 24 years.

When did you establish Performance Drywall?

    The business started in 2007 and we just recently celebrated the 10th anniversary.
What made you want to start your own business?
    I actually never wanted to start my own business. I never referred to myself as an entrepreneur, but I was convinced to leave the company I had been with for seven years and give it try. I formed Performance Drywall with four partners and I am the last man standing after member shares were purchased.

What are your plans for the future?
    I want to continue to provide leadership for my company and expand my current market. I would also like to create a non-profit organization that focuses on attracting high school students who currently have no plans to attend college.  I want to teach them how to enter the commercial construction industry, while benchmarking with owners of companies to get the students placed in the specific industry that interests them most. 

Why do you think this program would be important?

    I believe we will agree that the construction industry today lacks the apprentices needed to learn from those that have earned their living perfecting their specific trades. These seasoned tradesmen currently performing work in the field are getting older. I think if you blend the seasoned talent with a young person’s physical ability, it has the potential to work well, especially here in the Texas market where we are flooded with work (no pun intended). Every day we come together at job site meetings, luncheons, etc. and year after year, a person in my position soon realizes they have met an abundance of people in a large spectrum of businesses and trades. If these kids exiting high school with no desire to enter college are found and someone spends a little time to research what trade interests them, all a person like me has to do is pair them up with the right companies willing to make a small investment in the future of their industry. I don’t expect every kid I meet to want to enter the commercial drywall industry, but if someone asks the young ones the right questions, and finds a trade that sparks their interest, get it done!

What is one thing that you really enjoy about your job?
    Being the best at what I do! I enjoy taking projects from the conceptual budget phase to punch list while my company and customers remain profitable.

What is a challenge you face being in the commercial construction industry?
    Time! The commercial construction industry has challenged many companies today due to design and/or architectural firms not being able to provide the details of yesteryear, or so many believe. I personally chalk up the challenges that the architectural community is faced with may be in part to a learning curve with technology, which creates a problem that many design teams are struggling to figure out. They have a concept or idea, but are sometimes unable to get that idea on paper that utilizes real world means and methods. Owners are putting these firms in a bind by expecting them to create bigger ideas with less time to bring all necessary processes to the table.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
    To be doing the same thing for over 20 years and still enjoy doing it. Too many people complain about their jobs, yet are forced to spend 2,000 hours of their life every year going to work. I am blessed to say I enjoy what I do. We all have good days and bad days, but the good always outweighs the bad if your expectations aren’t too high. I would have to say the highlight of my career thus far is still being able to enjoy my days at work.  - te


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Tanya Erickson houstoneditor@constructionnews.net