Many of you know me through the Ontario Home Builders Association, others as customers of Doug Tarry Homes, and still more as a business associate. (My friends, family and staff are probably worn out listening to me talk about home building, so I can’t guarantee they will read this, but you never know).
As I near the end of my term as Past President of the Ontario Home Builders Association I have to admit that my wife Carolyne and I have mixed emotions about my term coming to an end. Over the last while we’ve been reflecting on the many incredible things that have happened to us during my involvement with the Ontario Home Builders Association, the Canadian Home Builders Association and our many fabulous local associations. We truly have friends from coast to coast and have been blessed with seeing so much of our great country.
I’ve also been reflecting on the many incredible accomplishments that our little company from St. Thomas Ontario has managed. Our dad Doug Sr. started Doug Tarry Limited in 1954, nearly 60 years ago. It is almost 20 years now since my dad passed away and my siblings Greg, Bill, Kathy and I came home to help our mother Frances with running the company.
I find it truly amazing that during this time we have garnered such a well-known reputation for our communities, our homes and our building knowledge. We have been blessed by great opportunity, great staff and sub-trades, wonderful customers who appreciate what we are trying to accomplish, and guided by our fathers wisdom shared with us on those many canoe trips to Algonquin Park to “always leave your campsite better than you found it.” I think dad would be pretty proud.
So I thought I’d write a blog to share some of the experiences I have had and keep you up to date on my schedule and some of the opportunities that lie ahead as I learn more about this incredibly challenging and dynamic industry. I will also share some insights that will help homeowners gain a greater appreciation of what a truly amazing piece of machinery their new home is and that with a little bit of knowledge and commitment how much more they will enjoy their home.
Oh Yeah. Dad also used to say when we got tired from paddling for a long time to “Switch, cause a change is as good as a rest” as he would pass the stick of Juicy Fruit up to us on his paddle as incentive to dig a little deeper. This probably goes a long way to explaining my need to keep pushing for a better tomorrow.
I hope you will enjoy it.