Podcast #40

“Company Aquisition”

Featuring Shawn Henson

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

David Heimer: Hi, this is David Heimer and this is Profiles In Prosperity. Your Home Services out of Tampa Bay might be the fastest residential home services startup that I’ve ever seen. It’s headed by Shawn Henson and Trevor Abernathy. In two and a half years in business, they’ve grown more than many companies that have been operating for 10 years. How did they do it today? I get to talk with Shawn Henson and find out Shawn’s a super nice guy, very articulate and incredibly bright. So Shawn Henson it’s great to have you with us. Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. What I’d like to start off with is how did you get into this industry?

Shawn Henson: Yes, so kind of give you a quick history, which will make a little more sense. Originally as a kid in high school I sold sunglasses at Sunglass Hut back in the mid-nineties, and I was recruited by an automotive industry. I sold them a $350 pair of sunglasses, and they said you should come work for us. And so when I was younger, I went in, I worked for some of the independent automotive repair shops and did that for a few years, went back to college. And when I got out my mid-twenties and it just kind of called back to me and I started working in the dealership world and it was kind of a great fit, you know, being at that age, making 50, 60, $70,000 a year in your mid-twenties, you can’t beat it. And so I did that and kind of, kind of climbed the ladder for years. And essentially I was working for Audi and had a recruiter come in and they had some issues and he gave me his card and I originally was not really interested in doing it.