When I was a young boy, I vividly remember going with my grandfather, Jimmie Benge, to Galveston Bay. He took me out on an outboard boat that he had built. At the time, the process of building a boat escaped me, but I will never forget the excitement I felt and the sense of pride I had knowing that my grandfather had built this boat. That memory faded but came to light again later in my life.

I was in my mid-thirties and had been in the construction business for over ten years. Knowing that everything happens for a reason; I understand now, that as a result of that time, I have a love of tools, wood, and sawdust that I will have for the rest of my life. I also learned how to "make it work" in almost any situation which enables me to think through the obstacles.