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The Home Improvement Man, Inc

Below are are few images of some of the things I have worked on. I always tell people that I would rather have you call and ask if I do something rather than assume that I don't since it is not listed on my business card. I will not get involved an anything I am uncomfortable with. I will not 'experiment' on your house. I will not take on a project that is bigger than I can handle, since I work alone.

  • I don't go on roofs
  • I don't do landscaping
  • I don't pressure wash
  • I don't paint
Cabinet refacing, Tile back splash, Summer kitchen counter repair, bathroom tile, chair rail

Company History

  • About Jim...About Jim...
  • I was born and raised in northwest Indiana. While growing up, I was always helping my dad (a Master Carpenter) with odd jobs that he did on the weekend. As I got older, I used the skills that my dad taught me to build a variety of things, including a kayak.
  • When I was in high school, I majored in Industrial Arts, with a primary focus in electronics. After high school, I attended Valparaiso Technical Institute where I received a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Electronics.
  • After graduating from VTI, I went to work at McGill Manufacturing in Valparaiso, Indiana as Field Service representative. I progressed at McGill to a Design Engineer, working on the design of hardware and software for custom electronics and controls. I also gained experience doing mechanical design while working at McGill. I was at McGill for a total of 14 years.
  • In December of 1989, I was introduced to Linda, who worked at a separate division of McGill. We were engaged in March and started to build a house. I built the house with the help of my dad and uncle. It was a custom plan that was on six wooded acres. Linda and I were married in November of 1990 and move into our new house on a snowy day two days before Christmas.
  • I was offered a job in sunny Sarasota, Florida in 1997. I accepted and my wife Linda relocated here in May. That July, we had a daughter, Elizabeth. What a year for changes! New job, location and child all in the same year.
  • My new job was with Eaton Corporation. I hired in as a Design Engineer, progressed to Sr. Design Engineer and then to Engineering Manager for one of the product groups. After a reorganization, I had the position of Project Engineer. I had been working on several interesting and large projects.
  • During the summer of 2006, I decided that it was time to do something different. After 23 years in the engineering field, I was ready for a change. In September, Linda and I formed The Home Improvement Man Incorporated. The remaining months of 2006 were spent planning the business, getting business issues lined up, and preparing for the big move to entrepreneurship!
  • My last day at my old job was Friday the 19th of January, and my first day at The Home Improvement Man (HIM) was Sunday the 21st! Since that time, I have had a wide variety of jobs, met a lot of interesting people, and have enjoyed every minute. It took a little bit of time to adjust to the new routine, but I started to get better at planning my days after three to four weeks.
  • I thank God for encouraging me to make the change. I am much happier and get a great amount of job satisfaction for my new career. I enjoy doing work that gives people what they want or need.