Small Business Today Magazine MAR 2016 AMERICAN SERVICES - Page 9

American Services fleet of service vans and trucks together with 12 factory trained technicians are ready to serve their growing “family” of satisfied clients! Photo courtesy of American Services Larry grew up just outside of Friendswood off of 2351 and Beamer Road. He was brought up by his mother and stepdad who were both meat cutters. Even though Larry never had any role models in entrepreneurship, interestingly enough, he chose to be one. “The truth is,” explained Larry, “the reason why I am an entrepreneur is because I don’t like being told what to do! That’s pretty much it.” Larry first began working as an electrician for Borden’s Milk Company where they put him through air conditioning and refrigeration school. Eventually, he was promoted to the position of supervisor over the maintenance and engineering departments. During that time at Borden’s, Larry started doing air conditioning work on the side. After awhile, he was making more money working part time than he was making working full time at Borden’s. Larry quipped, “It got to the point that I couldn’t afford to work there anymore!” Recognizing that there was more money to be made working for himself, Larry left Borden’s in 1983 and went into business on his own. To Larry’s surprise, Borden’s later called him and hired him to do contract work for them. Tony’s background is quite different than Larry’s. Although he doesn’t sound like it, Tony grew up in Long Island, New York. As Tony explains, “I am part Irish and part Hispanic and I speak a little bit of Spanish. I’m also part Caribbean because my mother was from Trinidad. When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a pirate because I thought the ships, the cannons, and the swords were so exciting. As I grew older, I realized that wasn’t very practical so, instead, I became a medical technologist and worked in hospitals. The hospital I was working for closed down. The property had become very valuable so i