Member Name: Bill Zinnert
Company Name: Diamond Decks
Member Category: Builder
Location: Severn, MD
When did you first get involved with this industry? 24 years ago
What was the first thing you ever built? A fence at my first house
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Diamond Decks has been operating as a deck builder for 24 years now. In 2008 we decided to make a change in the way the business is structured, and decided to narrow our focus to just Decks, Screened Porches, and some patios.
We are constantly refining our best practices to give our customers the best deck they can have.
In 2016, Diamond Decks was in the top 25 contractors in the nation, for sales of Fiberon Decking. We were actually #14 in the nation. We earned an all inclusive paid vacation to St Thomas along with the other top contractors, from Fiberon and the trip was awesome. It was nice feeling, to be recognized by a leading deck board manufacturer.
We were also one of the first deck builders to earn the “Master Deck Professional” certification through NADRA, and sent our field supervisor Dave Ross, through the class at the deck expo, to become certified.
New for 2017- Diamond decks is now a dealer for Equinox louvered roofs and we will be marketing them soon
How do you define success? Success does not necessarily have anything to do with your volume of sales, and the money you make. I believe it has more to do with being able to put together a solid team of people who work together to help other people out, and also being looked up to as someone they can count on to give them the honest truth.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You get more out of business, when you stop chasing that dollar, and do something that you are passionate about. The money will come.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Probably a building inspector? or do some kind of deck design consulting, if there is a thing like that? or maybe a rock and roll star!
A little more about Bill: Hobbies…….. If I am not working on something that has to do with business, which I actually like to do, I would be doing something with music. I play in a band, and if I am not playing somewhere, I am going to support my friends in a number of other bands, and sometimes sit in with them for a few songs.
Or visiting with friend somewhere, usually in Fenwick Del / Ocean City Md – Or having a live band and a party at my house
You can see the music theme……. My wife also goes to all my shows, and supports me in everything I do.
We have two kids 29 & 25. Our son, the oldest is an IT guy and is awesome at doing that, and our daughter is now a practicing Doctor of physical therapy. The good news is, they will both being moving out of the house in the next month. SWEET!!!!
We hope there is another NADRA cook out this year, we had a great time last year
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