As a child, Joe Capozza III used to clean his father’s warehouse in exchange for movie rentals. Now, he’s vice president. He joined the family business, Capozza Tile & Floor Covering Center, in 2009 and earned his way to a leadership position. Joe Capozza III is at the helm of a rapidly growing company; last year, the business grew by 50 percent. Its success has not gone unrecognized. Last week, the Institute for Family-Owned Business announced Capozza as the winner of its Reny’s Large Business Award. In this installment of MH+D Inside Out, Joe Capozza III explains how he empowers his team to make decisions and offers insight into the future of the family business.
An outdoorsman and an environmentalist, Josh Howell spent years hiking and writing around South America, including a stint as a river guide and guidebook author in Chile. Now the owner of JD Howell and Company, a residential building company that specializes in energy efficiency, Howell has transferred his passion for adventure into building energy-efficient homes on the midcoast. Howell tells MH+D Inside Out about sustainable building and explains why every project is a journey.
“I’m just passionately in love with fabric,” says Teri Cardinelli in this installment of MH+D Inside Out. “I have been my whole life.” After starting out as a fashion designer, Cardinelli moved into quilting and then decorating before she noticed a rising demand for a fabric shop. During the recession she opened Cloth Interiors in Kennebunk, a fabric center that carries a range of high-quality textiles and offers window treatments and design consultation services. Cardinelli tells us about upcoming trends in fabric design.
As a child in Uzbekistan, Eugene Sherstyukov used to help his father with various maintenance projects at the hospital where he worked. After pursuing a career in information technology, he took a short-term job working for his father-in-law, a cabinetmaker, and loved it. Now the owner of TPK Cabinetry in Yarmouth, Sherstyukov tells MH+D Inside Out why he appreciates high-end cabinetry.
“As you can tell, I’m passionate about building homes,” says Mike Manning, owner of MGM Builders. This fall Manning and his wife, Anne, celebrate 30 years of business. In the past 30 years, MGM Builders has built more than 200 homes. In this installment of our MH+D Inside Out series, Manning explains what it’s like to build a business for decades, as he prepares to someday pass it down to his children.
Although Joseph Waltman designs more than he builds, he maintains a deep interest in the process of building and its history. “The origin of the word ‘architect’ is ‘master builder,’” he says. “Drawings were tools for building. That’s still what it’s all about.” When he designs, Waltman relies on history, building science, and his own inspiration to support the next great movement in architecture. Read on for his interview in our MH+D Inside Out series.
After managing consumer electronic stores for several years, Stephen Tucker, owner of Tucker and Tucker, Audio Video by Design, struck out with two partners to craft a business that would deliver custom entertainment equipment. “We created the company on a napkin in a coffee shop in 1989, if you can believe it,” says Tucker. His two partners eventually left in the 1990s, but Tucker stayed on, evolving the business to meet increasing technological demands in home and business settings and continuing to design systems that enhance the experience of listening to music and watching films.
Architects are like artists,” says Rebecca Dillon, principal at Gawron Turgeon Architects. “We must use our imagination and skill to develop inviting compositions.” With a focus on designing buildings for senior living, Dillon discusses the importance of artistic thinking while still meeting a project’s necessary parameters. MH+D asks Dillon to tell us more.
Maine College of Art honors graduating students with an exhibition and a fashion show