By Nick Nahas
Many people have dreams and aspirations of owning their own company. Dave Adams has fulfilled those dreams and has thrived along the way. Restoration 1 of Tampa Bay is a locally owned and operated small business with roots in the Southeast Hillsborough area.
The company specializes in the remediation and restoration of residential and commercial properties for damage caused by water, fire, smoke or mold. According to Adams, the company works directly with the customer’s insurance company so that the customer can focus on getting their home back to its original state. “Our goal is to help homeowners that may not know where to turn when disaster strikes,” said Adams.
Family and community are a major emphasis of Adams’ motivations. He has worked for both small businesses and large corporations in the same field before taking a chance of owning and operating his own business after his youngest son left for college at the University of Florida. Adams has been married to his wife, Heidi, for 25 years, and they have lived in the Valrico area with their two sons, Zach and Sam, for 22 years. Adams and his wife spent a lot of their free time watching their sons’ travel soccer games and high school band performances, and they currently attend every Florida Gator home game so that they can enjoy listening to the “Pride of the Sunshine” Gator Marching Band.
Adams’ sense of giving back to the community extends past the local community. Some of his team recently went to St. Augustine to help with flood damage from Hurricane Matthew. “It was devastating to see house after house, and street after street of people’s personal possessions set out to the curb for the county to take to the landfill,” said Adams. “Not just furniture and carpets, but clothing, pictures, books, etc. — things that could never be replaced. It was just heartbreaking. To get a heartfelt thank you and even hugs from my clients as we worked on and completed their homes was one of the most gratifying experiences of my professional career.”
The experiences that Adams had have given him invaluable knowledge about how to handle these disasters properly. He emphasizes that insurance companies want people to act as quickly as possible to save further damage to their homes.
“I look forward to one day having enough extra time and money that we can give back to the community through volunteer activities and donations.” For information, you can visit www.restoration1.com/tampa-bay/.