Back with another installment of our ever-popular feature: Member Spotlight. Hold on to your hats, here's Mr. Tom Gregorini.
Tom is a remodeling contractor – kitchens/baths, home maintenance and additions. His client base is 100% referral and is proud to say he doesn’t do any formal advertising (sorry Darren). His company does all forms of remodeling from maintenance (roofs, doors, painting, new flooring, etc) to additions and whole house remodels. About 50% of Tom’s clients are remodels that involve the use of his designer.
Tom’s industry is regulated by MHIC (Maryland Home Improvement Commission) which requires all contractors to have a MHIC license. Of course, many do not. If they remodel in Maryland it is not only illegal but a criminal offense that can include jail time. The role of MHIC is to protect the homeowner from unscrupulous contractors.
Tom gets the most satisfaction helping a client in a situation where they have received bad advice or poor work either from a misinformed or intentionally misleading contractor. It's amazing how often this occurs according to Tom.
Tom is married to Mary (27 years strong). Mary is a school teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City. According to Tom, she's the kind of teacher that thinks it's cheating if she uses a lesson from a previous year. They have four children: Tom- 26, The Culinary Institute of America graduate currently working in Charleston. Sarah- 24, Anthropology degree and currently looking for full-time employment in her field (probably overseas). Domenica -14, the actress in the family. She can remember songs, movies, books (has read all of Shakespeare) word-for-word even only after hearing, seeing or reading it ONCE, brags Tom. Frankie- 11, plays hockey.
Tom spends his extra time with his kids, at church activities, exercising, planning trips -- Italia in June with the family and climbing Kilimanjaro in August with his youngest daughter.
Tom is a tough audience when it comes to humor. Rarely jokes make him laugh; however, he does love sarcasm (dishing it out is his specialty).