What are your hobbies?
Signs, Sign and Signs… Building this business was one big hobby. After my sign hobby I enjoy swimming, fishing, taking an enjoyable boat ride with family, friends or neighbors. I also enjoy bike riding or taking walks with my wife for both alone time and exercise.
What got you into the business?
My partner, Rob Whitehead Sr., and I went into business in 1980 due to the recession which hit everyone hard. There were no jobs to be found, and we found ourselves forced to take on whatever jobs were available. We discovered with both our talents we could feed our families working odd jobs and selling signs. During this recession we managed to build a sign business by no choice. After the recession the business snowballed into a real business and no longer a means of survival for both our families.
How long have you been a Barrington resident and why you love it there?
My family moved from Schaumburg to Barrington 22 years ago. One of the reasons was better schools for our children, second is the beauty of the Barrington area. My Wife Grace Pyter and I made several trips looking to move on the Fox River. On one trip back to Schaumburg my Wife and I took a shortcut through a couple of side roads in South Barrington and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the area. Both of our minds were made up that our next home was going to be in Barrington. 22 years later we could not be happier with our decision. One of the most satisfying things my family agrees on hands down is our great neighbors.
Any other interesting things about you or working in the business?
Being an owner of a sign business is an extension of my education. I have learned things that books and professors could not teach. I wear many hats as most business owners do and every day is a new day which present unique challenges that keep me on my feet. At the end of the day, after all these challenges I find the sign business very rewarding. When I drive through Chicago and the surrounding suburbs I have a hard time keeping my eyes on the road, I cannot go five minutes without looking at signs we either built, installed, or service. My Wife is afraid to drive with me because I cannot help but to look at the accomplishments both my partner Robert Whitehead Sr., and I built within the last 35 years.