Ken and Floann Downey were guests on The Positively West Virginia Podcast. They talked with podcast host, Jim Matuga, about their successful business in Morgantown, West Virginia.
What is your 30-second pitch for FD Kitchen and Bath?
“We design, sell and install kitchens and bathrooms for residential homes in the North Central business area, and a little bit into Pennsylvania,” stated Ken.
What are you most excited about right now for FD Kitchen and Bath?
“The most exciting thing to me right now has to be the people that work with me. I have incredible designers and craftsmen that are doing installs that we plucked out of failed college careers. They had decided that college is not for them, and I knew they were from great families. They had not done work in this field, but we took them in and showed them how to do it. Right now, after twenty-five plus years in the business, I have the most talented people I have ever worked with,” said Ken.
What is the best business moment you’ve had so far?
“The best business moment I have had is deciding to open FD Kitchen and Bath. I reluctantly thought about it for two years and then decided that it was a necessity,” stated Ken.
What was your takeaway from your worst business moment?
“It is a learning experience, and you become stronger from it all. You either quit, or you become stronger, and that is the thing that has driven me for the last fifteen years. We were at the bottom; we were taking in cash and paying out bills weekly but had nothing leftover. It took me ten years to pay off debts that we had incurred instead of going bankrupt, and that kind of stuff to me makes me stronger because I am not letting us go back to that,” said Ken.
FD Kitchen and Bath has been in the residential construction business since 1995. The company works on a variety of projects ranging from small remodels to complete turnkey homes. Most recently, FD Kitchen and Bath has focused on specialty remodels and log home services.
Ken and Floann were guests on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.
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- PIECE OF ADVICE: “You have to be passionate about what you are doing, and you have to love it to death,” advised Ken.