New Business In Town

It’s been quite some time since I needed anyone’s help to take care of stuff at home, since I’m quite handy, but there are still a couple of things remaining that I just don’t have the tools, skill or knowledge to do.

What am I talking about, you might be asking yourself right now…

Had a huge tree fall over in the back yard this Thanksgiving and needed it gone ASAP!

I’m not the one to support huge companies, and prefer to do business locally, which is why, when there’s a need to hire a company I dig deep to find the newest businesses in town and call them first, before calling anyone else.

After making 4 calls and getting no responses or callbacks, fifth call was it… I’ve reached the owner of Tree Service Pros VA Beach.

Now, before I go any further, they’ve had no reviews that I could find, so I felt like it was going to be just another guy pretending to be a business owner…

At first the conversation went on a bit awkward, because he was at a job cutting down someone’s tree that went down a while back when Virginia Beach flooded and the noise was simply overwhelming…

After a couple of minutes, he got a chance to step away from the job and take down my info.

We’ve had a very pleasant conversation and met up for my free estimate same day.  Cool, right?

That’s what I was thinking too!

I’ve asked him a bunch of questions, to find out why he’s gotten in the tree business, what is driving him and a couple of other personal questions.

It turns out that Tom, is ex-military, he separated from active service and is serving as a Reservist. He is married and has 2 children. His oldest son, Jeremy helps him with tree work when he’s not in school or playing sports. I didn’t get a chance to meet him in person, but Tom has painted a very good picture.

I was also extremely impressed with the way Tom explained and educated me on the process of determining the cost of my job and all the details.

He also recommended a few things to help prepare my yard for the winter and that was all during the FREE estimate, before I made any type of commitment to choose their company for the job…

Tom’s willingness to share all this information with me and essentially educating me for free, moved me to write about their tree removal company.

Did you know that Tree Service Pros VA Beach were also recognized for their service to the community in The Virginia Pilot?

That’s right! Reputable, local newspaper is talking about them!

I’m not here to promote one business over another, but to recognize and possibly shine some light on companies that are just starting out and need some publicity.

Needless to say, I hired Tom to take care of my backyard tree disaster and he has done an amazing job, without overcharging.

This just proves once again that the best in business might not be the most visible ones and it can be well worth it to dig a bit deeper than usual to find the best fit for you.




Why heroes are so important

Let me start off my saying that heroes, are a vital part of our society today. They are all over… In movies, cartoons, stories and the list goes on. But why is it that we, as a whole, feel like we must have heroes in our lives and be surrounded by them?

I decided to dig deeper to figure out what is the main drive for ordinary people to have heroes in their lives…

First thing I’ve looked into is the concept itself. Who they are, what it is they do and what’s the impact of their actions?

From what I can tell there are many kinds of heroes. For example the once in movies often times, especially these days, have superpowers. Yes, it’s unrealistic, but thinking deeper… What do their superpowers affect? The amount and scale of good they make happen for ordinary people and victims of villains and it also helps with all the movie effects.

What about the reality though? There are heroes in our every day lives who might be your family, friend or some random person off the street…

So, to answer the question of Who they are, it’s really anyone who steps up to the plate. Any person who feels strongly about one thing or another, and many times it even feels like they do have a superpower, because of the way they act.

The evil, in many cases isn’t even necessary, because a hero can simply be someone you look up to and try to mimic because you feel like they are the role model for you.

Now that the Who is answered, I’d like to go into the What it is they they do…

A hero, is a person who performs acts that seems supernatural and unreal to normal people. A mother of 5 can often times be a hero because of the way she handles her kids and takes care of them all at the same time or a husband who works 90 hours a week trying to provide for his family.

There is a hero worth talking about right here in VA Beach. His name is Paul.

I’ve personally met Paul and his wife at a family retreat two weeks ago. They weren’t the most talkative people, but after a couple of drinks at the bar, the conversation got going.

Paul, who is ex Marine, currently pulls 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week doing the finest asphalt paving Virginia Beach has to offer. His motivation is his wife, Scarlett and two boys Dale and Brandon who are currently in middle school.

I was amazed by how kind and deep Paul was as a person even though he’s been through both Iraq and Afghanistan. He told me a couple of stories from back when he was a marine, serving in a war zone… This man has been through a lot, but the thing he regretted the most, was missing precious moments with his family.

People like Paul are a true inspiration and are the true definition of being a hero.

This is part one of Why heroes are so important, so stay tuned for part two…