Wesley comes to WCDB with a background of 20 years in construction. Born and raised in Lewisburg, PA, Wesley graduated from West Chester University, where he met his wife. They fell in love with each other and with the town of West Chester and have been here ever since. When he’s not managing production for WCDB, Wesley is at home enjoying life with his wife and three young children. His family enjoys vacationing in the Outer Banks. Wesley is mostly driven by his pursuit of knowing Jesus, and thanks God for the creation of planet earth, coffee, diet coke, good food, and good movies – evidence that God is real and loves humans.
How did you arrive at WCDB? What path brought you here?
I arrived via Facebook. A friend of ours saw that West Chester Design/Build was looking for a lead carpenter and told me to check it out. Here I am, years later, incredibly thankful to be a part of this amazing group of people that make up WCDB.
What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
Bringing design into reality – my experience working in various fields of residential construction and my experience as a project manager has taught me to work well with others. I love working with the WCDB team to develop efficient procedures that yield high-quality results.
What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?
Ideal clients say that I pay attention to detail and produce high-quality projects.
Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?
My first job was with a contractor when I was 16. Through high school and college, I continued to work in new construction and renovation. I graduated with a teaching degree, but I enjoyed building and creating with my hands too much to give it up. My field experience included: framing, roofing, siding, door and window installation, hardwood flooring, tile flooring, finish carpentry, painting, cabinetry installation, tile backsplash, decks, and screened-in porches.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
I am most passionate about using my mind and hands to create something out of nothing, seeing it through from start to finish. I love creating spaces in which people can thoroughly enjoy spending time.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I am personally passionate about pursuing any type of connection with the creator of the Universe. When I am able to avoid distractions of this pursuit, this is what I can’t stop talking about.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
You can find me at home. I love being with my wife (my favorite person on planet earth) and our three children. Once a year, you will find me at an Eagles game (Go Birds!) with my brother and close friend. They are undefeated when we are in the stadium. My brother-in-law is coming with us for the first time this season – if they lose, he is out – no question.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I have been in the construction world for 20 years.
Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?
I was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and raised by two amazing parents for whom I’m incredibly thankful. I lived in the same house my entire adolescence with my family (I am the youngest of four – two sisters and one brother – they are also amazing). After one year of college and a year and a half of traveling (China and Brazil), I came to West Chester to finish school at West Chester University. I met and married my wife while I was still in school. We loved this area, so we decided we would stay a while and make this our home. We are very thankful we made that decision and continue to love it here.
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
Teaching ESL. I taught English in China for 9 months and enjoy it thoroughly.
Any nonprofits you love, & why?
Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group. My son, Blake, has Down Syndrome; this group has been amazing for our family – a huge blessing.
Any awards or medals, or even medallions? Personal okay, too.
AA District Champions (High School Baseball), AMCC Academic All-Conference Award (College Baseball), Graduated West Chester University Cum Laude.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Coffee and good movies.
In the end, how do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as one who loved God and loved others – a great husband and father.
What is your favorite Movie?
The first Matrix and Braveheart are neck and neck…
What is your favorite TV Show or Series?
What is a personal favorite quote?
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
What is your favorite restaurant?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
What is a highlight or memorable story about working with WCDB?
One highlight occurred when our team was invited to a client’s house a few months after our work was complete. It was a house in West Chester where we built an addition off the kitchen. We increased the size of the kitchen, created an eat-in area with a wet bar, a side entrance mudroom, a laundry room (moved up from the basement), and a large deck off the back of the addition. The clients invited our team to their home as a thank you. Over some appetizers and drinks, they shared the impact of the renovation/addition. I am paraphrasing, but it went a little like this:
“We actually spend more time together with this new space because it is so inviting. Now, most mornings, we start our day off in the kitchen reading together. Some evenings we have music on, and we end up dancing together right here. It may sound like we’re exaggerating, but we are enjoying life together more with this new space. We used to always meet with friends at restaurants or their houses because we just didn’t have a good space to entertain. Now, we are hosting parties and having friends over far more often. It has seriously changed our lives. So, thank you.”
If I recall correctly, I’m pretty certain they both teared up while sharing the impact of the new space and how it brought them closer. It was the best thank you we have ever received. Our team left there invigorated and excited to continue “building happiness.” It’s a highlight that will not be forgotten and a reminder that atmosphere has a big impact on people’s lives.