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.