A little over 9 years ago I was working for a large telco as a network engineer and I got the bug to start my own business. In college I had worked as a painter for a man at my church and he taught me well and I picked it up quickly. I decided Iíd take this desire to start my own business and the skills I had learned as a painter and start my first company. The only problem was... how do I run a painting business? I had more questions than answers and being from a technical background I immediately started to look online for knowledge. It wasnít long before I found a site called Painters Chatroom and it amazed me. I had never been apart of a forum before but I learned so much in such a short amount of time that I started to look around for other forums. I found landscaping forums and other trades and quickly noticed that 50% of the knowledge (sales, marketing, business, etc.. ) was all the same. That gave me the idea to start ContractorTalk.com and bring the trades together. One location where we could break down trade specific discussions while all sharing more general knowledge.
As time went on it became clear that pros had a desire to have a trade specific forums in addition to ContractorTalk.com where they could discuss more technical aspects of their trade. That lead us to create DrywallTalk.com, ElectricianTalk.com, HVACSite.com, PaintTalk.com, PlumbingZone.com, PreservationTalk.com and RoofingTalk.com. I had no idea what this network of sites would grow into but itís been an amazing and fun ride.
As fun as it was, over the years the sites started to take up more and more of my time and exceed my technical abilities. I felt like I wasnít doing a good enough job on my own and was a little tired of being on call day and night with server issues. In order to keep growing the sites into the resource I wanted them to be and not get burnt out in the process I realized I needed help. Because of this, in January of 2010 I merged my company with Escalate Media. We still operate independently as ďThe Building NetworkĒ but they have taken over all the back end work that Iím not good at. That has allowed me to just focus on administration which is something Iíve always enjoyed and the sites have continued to grow.
I still love these sites and having had the opportunity to be apart of them has been a great honor for me. That being said, a little while ago I realized that I was ready to do something else. The world has changed a lot over the past 9 years and so has my life. With that in mind I started to hand over a lot of my administration tasks (password resets, username changes, email inquiries) a few months ago to another great admin at Escalate Media. The process has been going smoothly and I think Iím ready for the next step which is to step down as admin of The Building Network and itís many sites. Iíll still be around but Iíve given up ownership in the sites and Iím going to step aside and let someone else take the reigns.
So, what does that mean for the members of this site? Nothing really. The site will continue to operate as it always has and Iíll make sure that is the case. The Building Network will live on and continue to be the place where the pros meet. The reality is that I have been less and less involved in the sites over the past few years anyways so me leaving will have little to no impact. I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on and why.
I want to thank everyone who made this site possible over the years. The members of this site have always been great and most of all the Moderators are what make this site possible. They are the backbone of this site and a few of them have been with me since the beginning. Thank You for all your help. Itís been an honor working with you.