During the housing boom in the 1980s, at age 17, Larry Janesky built his first house. When the housing market crashed toward the end of that decade, he switched to specialize in basement waterproofing. Working in the waterproofing industry, he recognized opportunity for improvement and built the world's largest network of basement waterproofing contractors, patenting 31 products. During this time he also grew his own local installation company to the $30m+ home repair business it is today.
Marketing, sales and the ability to build a team are the key skills Larry knew he needed to master to run and grow a successful company. Piece by piece he learned, practiced and honed his skills and his business. Larry has made mistakes, and grown from these. As he solved problems, he created systems that any contractor can follow to get extraordinary results.
Larry employs nearly 400 people at Contractor Nation's nine-building, 55-acre campus. His local company operates out of the most incredible home improvement contractor facility, with 46 bays and a 300-seat training theater.
Larry has coached over 1,000 contractors and the results are stunning. Most of these contractors have grown to be leaders and in their markets. These contractors have reaped multiple benefits – fewer problems, working fewer hours, a better home life, higher sales, more engaged and able employees, and of course, much bigger profits.
Larry is a teacher, carpenter, builder, building scientist, inventor with 31 patents, award winning author, marketer, sales trainer, influencer, entrepreneur, and Baja 1000 race winner!
His free daily blog "Think Daily" is read by over 55,000 people each morning. Larry's goal is to improve the world by playing a meaningful part in building better businesses; because when businesses do well, customers, employees, owners and their families all win. These days, he spends most of his time on his School of Entrepreneurship, coaching home improvement/repair contractors on how to be even more successful.