Rodd owns the Resurfacing Company in Jacksonville and we met him a few years ago when our driveway was in desperate need of some TLC. The previous owner of the house had spilled epoxy on the concrete and that left a stain that could not be removed. We decided to create a paver apron and Rodd's crew broke out the old concrete and replaced it. When we saw the finished product, we decided to have him widen and coat our walkway. Several months later, when we were considering pavers for our lanai, Rodd got the call. That project got significantly bigger than planned when we opted to put in a covered drain and ran those pipes out to the edge of the yard. Once again, the finished product exceeded our expectations. When we moved to a new home in mid-August, we wanted a non-skid finish on the garage floors, and there really wasn't a lot of discussion about who would do the work. The only real question was whether Rodd could fit us in to his schedule and meet our timeline. Lucky for us the answer was "Yes".
Refinishing concrete is a dirty, physical process anytime and when you add the heat and humidity of Florida in the summer, it's demanding work. Part of you wants to get the job done so you can get to a cool place while another part is telling you to slow down and get it right to avoid having to do the work over. It takes physical stamina and mental discipline. Fortunately, Rodd has an abundance of both.
What is your job title? Owner
What do you like most about your job? I get to go to a different location each week and there's a lot of creativity that goes into my work. I love seeing the "Before" and "After" photos of the projects I've done because there's such a difference. Plus, I get to meet a lot of really nice folks.
What's the hardest part of your job that no one knows about? Keeping up with the demands of the job...doing sales, planning the jobs, scheduling crews, making sure each job has the supplies they need, and dealing with the heat in summer.
If you weren't doing this work, what kind of work would you be doing? I think I would be working for U.S. Customs somewhere on the water. I'd actually like to be a fisherman in the Bahamas, but don't think that would pay as well as the Customs job.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at age 16, what would you say? Invest early and often. Save your money and resist the temptation to buy cool toys.
What's the best advice you've ever been given? Stay in school!