It’s all about family for Peter Romano. Growing up in Delaware, Peter’s father and mother operated a successful masonry business. Peter’s father ran the business ends and contracts, and his mother kept the books. At its peak, Romano’s Masonry had around sixty employees. Today, the business has shifted its business model to include subcontracting but manages to maintain its identity.
Peter left Delaware to attend Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. After meeting his wife at Harding, Peter and his wife moved to Colorado for a few years before Peter returned to the family business. Working at Romano’s Masonry for a few years expanded the knowledge Peter had gained through his childhood. However, after returning to Delaware, Peter felt God calling him to raise a family elsewhere. Peter and his family left Delaware to move back to Searcy with little planning and a whole lotta faith. He had no job secured, no leads on any open positions, and eventually he and his family were able to move into an old family home. The home had been in his wife’s family since the 1940s and was in desperate need of renovations. Determined to make the best of life in Searcy, Peter began teaching high school history, became a volunteer fireman, attending graduate school for his master’s degree in counseling, and renovating the family home. When Peter was unsure about how to properly renovate his home, he often turned to YouTube to help guide him along.
This week’s guest host talks shop with The Build Guild about being raised by parents who owned a successful business, how YouTube has evolved the world of making, and even how each of the guys asked their girlfriend’s dad for permission to marry his daughter.
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Episode One: Meeting the Makers
From social media, the Small Business Revolution™, and side hustles, three makers from different backgrounds have all settled into a small central Arkansas town. Driven by their love for making, community, and connection, Ben, Brian, and Coty invite you to take
I started a podcast!
We're so glad you found us! We're excited to share this new endeavor for us. When Brian and I (Ben) got to talking in the shop we realized we had an abundance of makers in our small community. We thought it would be fun to get together in person and talk about the maker life. We think it adds to the conversation to be able to talk to someone in the same room. We know there are many different types of makers in this world, and we wanted to included them all in our conversations.
We knew that just two guys talking to each other wasn't as exciting as a group so we went on the hunt for a third host. That's when we approached Coty. We know Coty through a friend of a friend type situation. He's a full time woodworker and around our age. We all quickly became fast friends. Coty jumped on board to co-host with us. He may be absent for some episodes when we have guest co-hosts join in. He's got a full time job and family to take care of so we'll give him a pass.
We hope you enjoy the podcast. We know we're new and starting out so growing pains are part of the deal. We're no pros at this stuff. Our mics may sound fuzzy, our conversations may take an odd turn, but the intent to entertain and occasionally inform will always be our goal.
Welcome to the Build Guild!
-Ben, Brian, and Coty.