When did you start Master Wall?
In 1987. I had a bad separation at another company. I lost my job and I had four children. It was quite a trauma. I stepped out and started Master Wall, and it was the best career decision I ever made. It was a tough few months.
Describe your company.
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We are a national company. We have 100 distribution locations. We make a wall system. Most people would know it as EIFS — exterior, insulation and finish system. We mainly do commercial projects now — hotels, malls and hospitals. How has the economic downturn affected you?
It's been tough. Our business is off significantly. We've had to cut staff and spending. It's been a tough nine months. We see signs where we think our toes are touching the floor; we hope we've found the bottom.
Did you start it on your own?
I had two people who were not in the business. They were investors. We have a little over 40 employees. How long have you been at Calvary?
We moved here in 1980 and we were members by '81. What do you appreciate most about it?
Calvary is a neat place. A lot of people don't understand what all it does. There are 600 kids in the school, where my wife is the admissions director. The students come from 120 churches and 20 denominations. Then there's the Gardens at Calvary, with 100 people; and the Greenhouse, with Alzheimer's patients. We also offer Christian counseling. Did your kids go to the school?
Yes, all our kids graduated from Calvary Christian. It is a great ministry. Another great part of our church is (Pastor) Don Wilhite. He says that every member is a minister. I use this at work, too. Whether in our work life or church, things are so much better when we're all using our gifts. Max Lucado wrote a book called “Cure for the Common Life.” It's about finding your sweet spot and, How do you use your gifts? You're an elder?
It's called the Council of the Five, and it's an elder board. We don't have deacons. We have Sunday school teachers who are responsible for their class. The teachers kind of take on the role of deacon.
Who's in your family?
My wife is Donnie. We have four kids: Steven, Natalie, Grant and Stewart. We have five grandchildren: Olivia; Hamilton; Katylin; Pressley; and Blake. They're all here. All three sons work at Master Wall. ... I also started another company called Free Speech Inc. I'm a pretty opinionated guy and I'm trying to find a way to get my words out. I hope to get this going in the next year. I'm fairly conservative in my opinions. What are some of your concerns?
There's a long list. Obviously, the health care issue. And I'm very pro-life; I don't understand Christians who aren't pro-life. God is the author of life. There is no such thing as an unwanted child.