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I sat down with Rick Jones (@rickjoneselectric). Thanks for sharing Rick!
“I was born in Frederick in 1978 and I’ve been here ever since. I love it here. I can’t picture being anywhere else but Frederick. I’ve traveled to other places but they don’t feel like home. The history, the buildings, the architecture, the people. I love it all. I started Rick Jones Electric 15 years ago. We’ve been busy since COVID started, I feel blessed in that way and I am happy to have that.
I love historical renovations. I am on my 5th renovation house now; it is the house where Margaret Hood (Hood College) was born. The last time that house was truly renovated was 1918-1920 during the pandemic 100 years ago and now here we are 100 years later restoring it during a pandemic.
I went through a mini crisis a few years ago. I was going through a transition in relationships and work had a lot of good elements but nothing was really working out. I had a few dark moments and felt like I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve learned many lessons since then. Even though that was a struggle, everything has worked out. If you always have successes you’re never going to learn anything.
My father used to make me do everything at job sites, but now I realize why he did those things. Scott, the person I did my first renovation with, taught me financing and how to build equity. Knowing both has been a huge advantage. Tim and Malcom from Pitcrew (@pitcrew880) inspired me. When you’re 14 and you see your friends who are 18/19 open a store, it’s great. They were the first people I knew as friends who were entrepreneurs. Having that energy in your world inspires you and transforms who you can be.
For 2021, I hope we all pull through. Being able to do all the things that Frederick is known for doesn’t exist unless all of these places stay open.