From the time I was a child I can remember having two different passions: Entrepreneurship and creating with my hands.
My father, a carpenter and tile artisan, always supported my passions and promoted a strong work ethic.
The first few dollars I made were working for him. He paid me 25¢ to rinse his paint brushes and 50¢ to clean his rollers. I enjoyed the effort behind earning each quarter.
The desire to hustle was planted in me and only continued to grow from there.
My first legitimate business, launched at age seven, was a can crushing gig, complete with printed business cards and all.
A few years later I became craftier, “writing” my own cookbook which, if I am honest, was just plagiarized straight from cooking shows I saw on television.
The passion of entrepreneurship followed me out of adolescence and into my senior year of high school, where I then bought bulk packs of Kool-Aid and resold them out of my locker to other students. This little capitalist venture was so profitable that when the school banned me from selling the juice, they began offering it themselves at the school store.
Among those years of exploring my options in business, I also developed an interest in woodworking alongside my father.
To this day my mother’s dresser still adorns the award-winning jewelry box I crafted for her in competition.
Although building and creating with my hands was always a passion, carpentry was something I fell into. In my early 20s, after three weeks of college, I decided that furthering my education wasn’t the path for me. I have always loved to learn, but nothing about college held my attention.
Instead, I gave up my career cooking pizza to begin my first real job as a laborer with Gentry Remodeling out of Milford, Massachusetts.
Passion did not find me when I first began working for the owner of Gentry Remodeling, John. In fact, the beginning consisted of a lot of tough jobs that, if I had allowed them, could have really discouraged me. Instead, I decided to stick with it and will be endlessly grateful that I did.
John eventually became more than a boss, he became a mentor and a friend. After a few years with Gentry I found passion and pride in creating with my hands, again. John Confided in me that he was looking to change his own path and motivated me to instead split off to begin my own business.
Establishing my own company wasn’t a difficult idea to accept, but instead, something that came natural to me. Owning my own company is what I felt I was called to do. Luckily, my childhood ventures gave me some starting experience.
I didn't want to just create a company, I wanted my business to have meaning and to reflect who I am as a person, my values, and my standards.
As the idea of this new venture began floating around in my mind, I knew that the name had to be meaningful as well.
After hours of pouring over the origins of words that would best reflect the intentions of my company, I found the word “Popularis” stemming from a Latin word meaning “for the people…”. That was it, Popularis Construction Inc. was born.
Since day 1 I have treated Popularis Construction like the company I dreamt it would one day be. When I was just a Facebook page and a few printed t-shirts, my wife laughed as I answered every call, email, or contact with “we” or stated “our office location” when the truth was that it was just “I” and our living room.
Since those days, hard work, dedication, and craftsmanship have built Popularis from a one man show into a corporation.