Having walked this earth a little longer than five decades, I’ve figured out a few things about myself: I like to build, I really like running a business, and the business I like to run is my own, as an entrepreneur.
In early 2009 I was doing some minor warranty work on a house I had built five years earlier. While talking to the home owner the subject of building websites came up and in one of those “Aha!” moments I was struck with the thought that this was something I could do. One thing led to another, I built a website for my construction company, and shortly after that I created Black Hills Web Works.
I had been blogging with WordPress for a couple years already, but for some reason I decided to use Joomla for that first website. Over the next few years of building websites I became very familiar with Joomla, but I also started incorporating WordPress blogs into those Joomla websites, and eventually decided that WordPress could do nearly everything Joomla could do, and if a blog was involved, Joomla was no match for WordPress. So in 2011 Black Hills Web Works switched over to building and selling only WordPress sites, and I’m still convinced that this was a good move.
I had a brief introduction to construction during my three years in the Army, and after re-entering the private sector I worked full-time on a commercial construction crew until I was invited back for Operation Desert Storm. That didn’t last very long and college came next where I started working part-time for a home builder as a framing and finish carpenter. After college, carpentry became a full-time job for a couple years, and in 2000, following a three-year detour into Christian camping, I started my own construction company, Sundberg Builders, Inc.
Eleven years later, after building a variety of projects ranging from new homes to extensive remodels, I’m finally hanging up my tool belt and closing the doors of Sundberg Builders so I can focus exclusively on Black Hills Web Works. Running two businesses was exciting, to say the least, but it’s not something I want to do for the rest of my days!