In honor of #NationaISkilledTradesDay May 6, 2020, we are launching a series called I Love My Trade. We connected with Jesse Rowden, a restoration and remodeling business owner in Bend, Oregon. Here is Jesse's story:
Jesse Rowden has a history of entrepreneurship and an even longer history of being a tradesman. At 20-years-old, Jesse started his first company JR's Custom Works in Bozeman, Montana where he met his wife, Tabby. Fast forward 20 years later after surviving the recession, Jesse switched gears and entered the disaster restoration trade. He and Tabby, along with their 2 children, lived in Moses Lakes, Washington where Jesse worked for ServiceMaster. Seeking the quality of life they were accustomed to in Bozeman, they decided to move to a similar community. Nine years ago, they moved to Bend, Oregon where Jesse worked for a local disaster restoration company as operations manager. He built the company up from 5 employees to 50+.
Nearly 4 years ago, Jesse decided his passion was to work for himself and with the community. Knowing there was a need for his fit/finish carpentry skills, he started a restoration and remodeling company, Sierra James Construction, from his home. As a 4th generation builder, launching a restoration and remodeling company made perfect sense. Originally starting with just 3 employees, including Jesse, Sierra James now employs 15 people. Last October, Jesse moved the company from his home into their very first building.
Sierra James was recently recognized by Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) as the Remodeler of the Year, a prestigious award the company takes great pride in receiving.
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