Except to my family and church, I am nobody special. I just happened to buy my name as a domain and I wanted to do something with the site. So for now, I am just going to post a sort of personal, slash, business journal here. Maybe it will evolve into something meaningful, maybe not. Ether way, I kinda like my own personal space to write in.
I am sort of an:
- Leadership Trainer
- Business Consultant
- Cookbook Writer
- and a Family man with a few Great Grand Kids to boss me around
- Started and operated several construction business in the mid 70’s to the late 80’s.
- Started an Engineering Services company that grew to earning five-figures per month.
- Turned around a Maid Service company that was running in the red and brought it back to profitability.
- Managed a roofing company and consulted the owner as he competed in IdeaWF. He was awarded Honorable Mention. The judges told him he would have won if he had a board of advisers. I tried to tell him that!
- I even helped save a failing church once.
- Building an online niche site that will earn 6- figures per year.
- Developing an information product that will earn 7-figures per year.
- As best as I can tell, the Wells family has been in Wichita Falls, Texas since the early to mid 1870’s.
- My dad was in the Air Force from 1953-1973
- My four siblings and I were raised in the Air Force; thus we are Air Force Brats 😉
- I was a Chaplain Assistant in the Army from 1972-1975. A Chaplain Assistant isn’t a Chaplain at all. I was basically the church secretary. Like most church secretaries, I ran the chapel for the Chaplain. This is a lot like running a business with two partners, the Army, and the Chaplain.
I started my first business in 1976 after my boss, a framing contractor, let me go to make room on his crew for his nephew. Seemed unfair to me at the time and it sort of made me mad. But I knew one thing for sure, running a chapel in the Army was a lot tougher than running a framing crew. So I decided to start my own framing crew. I ran an ad in the Times Record for framing carpenters. At the same time, I went around to local builders and told them I had a framing crew and was looking for work.
I was taking a big chance because I was still learning how to frame a house. I didn’t know how to cut in the roof yet! Being young and dumb has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Unwittingly, I exercised a good maxim when launching or running a business, hire people whose strengths counter your weakness. Therefore when I put together a framing crew, I hired an old rummy that was a wiz at framing. I learned a lot about cutting in roofs and using the old fashion framing square from that old dude.
Chuck Dennis, owner of Dennis Company in Wichita Falls, Texas, gave me my first home to frame. I probably framed a dozen homes or so here in Wichita Falls. Also, I framed a custom home in Vernon for the son of one of the auto dealers that was there back then. Then I moved to Houston and road the housing boom for awhile.
In the late 1980’s, I started having chronic back pain. I gave up construction and went to Texas State Technical Institute to learn AutoCAD. I already knew how to draft on a table but not on a computer.
Afterwards, unable to find a drafting job, I started subcontracting small projects. In nine months, I went from earning a few hundred bucks in pocket money to building a drafting and design service business. My company provided drafting and temporary employee services to area engineering firms in Buffalo, NY. It skyrocketed to a $20,000-$30,000 in revenue in just nine months.
This was also the first time that I sold a business too. I sold the drafting services business to a competitor. I wanted to go into Christian ministry. I bounced in and out of college studying theology, preaching, church administration, plus I would do some remodeling jobs now and then. I even remodeled the Photography Development Lab at Houghton College while taking classes there.
Let’s give this a quick wrap-up.
So after 43 years, I’m thinking retirement, right? My idea of retirement is to start self-publishing a series of cookbooks. That is if I ever get to retire while I still have some energy left.
Have a blessed day,