SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015 - (Page 20)
WHY I SUPPORT SPF
y Pennington, the Keynote Speaker at Sprayfoam
2015, might have gotten into the construction industry by chance. But, being involved in SPF and supporting
its growth is a conscious, specific endeavor he made
after first-hand experiences with it during his time on
"Extreme Makeover - Home Edition." In this interview
conducted by SPFA, find out how he got to where he is,
what motivates him, his reasons for supporting spray
polyurethane foam and his thoughts on SPF's future. Also,
he shares some personal experiences and decisions that
have affected his path and his use of SPF.
BY TY PENNINGTON
Q. How did you get into the construction business?
How did that translate to your celebrity business?
Have you successfully merged the two in a way that
works for you?
I've always enjoyed building things. Never really cared
what I built as long as I was being creative.
Of all of the new technologies and
added value materials available today,
spray polyurethane foam will singlehandedly bring the greatest overall impact
to builders' and homeowners' bottom lines."
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When I was kid growing up in
Georgia, I designed and built a threestory tree house with some buddies. It
was insane; big, fun, and it became our
hide out. That's when I realized I was
pretty good at building things with my
hands even though I seemed better at
demolishing things first.
I was the world's worst student due to
having undiagnosed ADHD. I saw things
in pictures, not words and numbers,
so art and building things became my
focus and passion - the best way to
I was lucky to fall into a job where
me-being-me was an asset instead of a
liability (like it was in school).
"Trading Spaces" gave me that
opportunity of a lifetime, then the
MOTHER of all building shows, "Extreme
Makeover - Home Edition" came along
in 2004. EMHE lasted nine seasons, an
eternity for network TV, and was seen
all over the world. We built more than
200 homes for deserving families...and
hit every state at least once.
It was a dream job. I got to help a few
hundred families and got to be a part
of entire communities mobilizing for the
sake of those in need.
It was awesome and inspiring.
I had a great team of designers and
thousands of volunteers. In the process
I did what I love to do: build and design
Q. What are some of your greatest
takeaway lessons from your time on
"Extreme Makeover - Home Edition"?
I learned a tremendous amount
about people, construction methods and
building materials. The importance and
impact of each step in the process stood
out to me and made me a better builder
One thing consumers struggle to
understand is that all building materials are NOT equal. There are significant differences when you really look
at this stuff.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015
Executive Director’s Corner
Foam Business News
Industry by Design
Why I Support SPF
Energy Codes and the Benefits of SPF
Behind the Foam
SPF Industry Prepping for Code Changes in Sweden
How to Make Money and Have Fun Doing It
What You Need to Know Before You File in 2015
Tips on Spraying Foam – Are You Doing It Right?
Choosing the Right Strategy for Complex Construction Claims
10 Ways Your Company Can Use Instagram
Ask the Expert
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2015