My grandfather, father, and I were each blessed with an independent spirit that has allowed us to follow our own dreams while keeping our family's building tradition alive.

As true entrepreneurs, each one of us has built upon the accomplishments of the previous generation, without directly inheriting a family business. My late grandfather, Francis E. Distel, owned and operated the F. E. Distel Company. My father, Joseph W. Distel, owns and operates Distel Inc. And I, of course, own and operate Firethorn Incorporated.

Throughout my life, my grandfather and father inspired a career path that has proven to be unique and rewarding on so many levels. Because of them, I've been lucky to have known and worked with many exceptional craftsmen over the years. And the friendship, camaraderie, and mutual respect I experienced on their job sites will always be a lasting part of me.