said “yes”. We were married in August 2013. We had to plan our wedding and honeymoon based on my school schedule. We got married during the break between the end of first year of law school and summer semester. After we were married we waited until December and went to South Africa for our honeymoon. We loved it and are going to go back in the next year.
About a year after we were married my wife and I found out we were expecting. In August 2014 my son was born. I had heard different things from people about their experience with being a parent. I was a bit apprehensive about the whole deal, that is until I met him. Once my boy was here, I found that I not only love being a dayd, but he and his mother are the best things that ever happened to me.
I am an active member of the Cuesta College Construction Technology Department and volunteer my time to Cuesta. I believe that kids and young adults are discouraged from going into the trades because it is looked at as some sort of failure in life. I want to make it clear to them that being a builder is a noble thing and without builders and constructors there would be no society.
I am also a proud Rotarian. I am a member of the SLO Monday Lunch Club. I joined this group because of their many building projects around town. They help to keep SLO City and County great.
I grew up in SLO County. I was born at the old General Hospital in San Luis. From. I grew up in the construction industry. My father owned and operated a construction business in San Luis Obispo literally all of my life. My brother and I grew up building things and working on tractors and other broken down stuff. I grew up riding horse and dirt bikes in Pozo and playing in the woods.
Through grade school, middle school, and beginning of high school I worked with my father’s construction company in the summers and during the school year when school allowed. During my apprenticeship with my father’s company I was fortunate to travel to Guatemala, Mexico, and many of the states. For two years during high school I worked at Pete’s Automotive. I learned there how to maintain vehicles and equipment and run a shop.
After I graduated from Templeton Independent High School I realized that my skills and talents where in the construction field. I began to do handyman work as I finished high school for friends and family. After a year of being self-employed, against the advice and best judgment of almost everyone I knew, I filed for a business license and opened Handy Dan’s handyman service when I was 18 years old.
While operating my handyman business I was given the chance to visit China and get a glimpse of what it is like on the other side of the world. I was fortunate enough to go with family as part of a contractors group to see the world’s largest dam being built, The Yang Si River Dam. This gave me a new perspective and helped me to understand the different ways different cultures build and live their lives.
In August of 2006 I took and successfully passed the California Contractors’ exam for my General Building contractor’s license. On August 15th 2006 Dan Knight Construction was founded. At this point I was able to truly capitalize on my skill-sets and hundreds of hours of apprentice, my self-employed experience, and skills learned at Pete’s Automotive. Since that time I passed the General Engineering Contractors License exam and the Plumbing Contractors License exam.
After the initial year as a California Contractor we began to move into larger projects taking on whole house remodels and additions. We started the business at the beginning of the great recession in 2007. This was very hard on the company and my family and I. The recession hit my family and me hard, but I didn’t give up and took the punch to the gut in stride and made things work.
I realized that I needed to understand the system that regulated me and the company. Up to this point I had a high school education, but I had not received any financial or legal training.
I began to take accounting course and to learn about economics. I found that in addition to construction I had a knack and mind for accounting. What started as a necessity to understand general principle soon grew into a love for numbers. I completed a B.S. and M.S. in accounting from Walden University. I did not have the luxury of being able to take off of work to complete college. I worked and supported myself through school as I earned my degrees.
In late 2011 I met my future wife, Shawn. We dated and got to know each other over the next year. At thanksgiving dinner in 2012 I proposed to Shawn. Needless to say the family and Shawn were not expecting it. Of course she
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