All Chad Hamby has done in his adult life is install fences and decks.
“I’ve been doing it since I was 19 years old,” he says. “I went straight into the work force (from high school).” After six years of working for someone else, Chad started his own business in 2000 – when he was only 25 years old.
And that’s impressive when you consider his business, Alpha Fencing LLC – soon to be Alpha Fencing and Deck LLC – has survived one of the biggest economic recessions the nation has ever seen. It continues to withstand the economic uncertainty that has succeeded the recession.
It’s even more impressive when you consider the business has remained without the use of a website, relying on Angie’s List and the old-fashioned phone book and referrals for its survival. “It’s all been challenging,” Chad says. “It’s a pretty big deal at 25. It’s been fun along the way, too.”
Based in Johnstown, Alpha Fencing LLC has customers all along the Front Range including Boulder County – “mostly in Longmont, but we would like to do more in Boulder,” he says. “We always have time for more work.”
The journey of owning his own business includes his wife, Marissa, a teacher who also handles the communication side of Alpha. She sorts through e-mails and makes sure they are responded to, so none fall through the cracks, he says. And few do, with Alpha Fencing landing 85 percent of the jobs it bids on, Chad says.
Because his business is small – Chad and three employees make up two crews – he is able to develop a more personal relationship with his customers. “I’m not only selling the job, I’m doing the job,” he says.
Chad notes that some fence and deck companies have sales people who sell the product but have no idea what it’s like to install it, while he is able to anticipate any issues that may arise and give a more accurate estimate. “I can figure out what it will take from the start and keep prices low,” he says.
Chad also does his best to support other local businesses, including his previous employer, Custom Fence. “It’s supporting small business,” he says. “If we can’t get business, we end up working for the big companies.”
Alpha Fencing has done 50-foot fences to 9,000-foot fences, with the town of Milliken’s dog park fence being one of its most recent jobs.
Chad grew up in the Longmont/Berthoud/Johnstown area and his wife graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. They saw no reason to leave the area.
“It’s obvious (why) – just look around, right? There’s stuff to do, like hiking and camping,” he says.
They plan to take their 6-year-old daughter, Maleea, skiing for the first time this winter, and the family enjoys regular trips to Steamboat, Telluride and Fairplay, Chad says.
Both Chad’s and Marissa’s families also live in the area; in fact, Marissa’s mother lives down the block from their home.
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