By Jeremy LeFort
After an early start in the mitigation, restoration and reconstruction industry as a teenager and a successful run later on helping grow a franchise within the industry, I found I wanted to own and run a business myself. Today, as a Paul Davis Systems Canada franchisee in Saint John, N.B., I’ve quickly found success following this dream.
I was born in Saint John in 1981 and grew up here with one brother and two sisters. Our parents divorced when I was in Grade 6. Our mother remarried and moved to the town of Rothesay, a suburb of Saint John. I split my time between the two homes.
As a child, I was hugely into sports, especially hockey, which I started playing as soon as I could walk and continued until Grade 12. I played AAA hockey at the provincial level and we were on the road every weekend.
I started working in the restoration industry when I was 14. Through the end of high school, I spent my weekends and summer holidays cleaning carpets and doing tear-outs for a local company.