Podcast #81

“Starting Over”

Featuring DIRK PAYNE

David Heimer: Hi, this is David Heimer. Before we get into this episode, a quick apology. Dirk and I were both suffering internet issues as we did this interview. So there’s some small places where the sound quality just isn’t as good as I would like. Sorry about that. However, Dirk’s story is powerful, instructive and worth hearing irrespective of the sound quality. So thanks for listening and make it a great day.

Intro: Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. The leading podcast for residential service contractors, sponsored by Service Roundtable and hosted by David Heimer.

David Heimer: Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. I’m David Heimer. Thanks for joining us. Dirk Payne is the owner of Sunshine Plumbing and Backflow Prevention in the Baton Rouge Louisiana area. I’ve learned that Dirk is a fourth generation plumber and a third generation shop owner. He is married to his junior high sweetheart and they have three kids. His oldest son is a licensed plumber and works in the business with Dirk. How cool is that? Family tradition continues on. And after we get through the business part of this interview, I’ve got to ask Dirk about the Highland games, because it turns out that Dirk travels to participate in the Highland games. I don’t even know what those are, but it sounds cool. So Dirk Payne, welcome to Profiles In Prosperity.

Dirk Payne: Thank you very much. Glad to be here.

David Heimer: How did you get into this industry? It’s kind of a family business, it sounds like.

Dirk Payne: It’s a family business. You know, I grew up – my dad owns one of the largest plumbing shops in Louisiana, and so we grew up in it. I’ve been on a plumbing truck since I was 12 years old. I swore I would never be a plumber. Took a break, went to college for a few years. Came back, and went to work in the industry.

David Heimer: So was it the case that you found out it was something you really did like? What happened?