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On to my epic story …
Okay, maybe it’s not so epic, but I want to lay the foundation for Spray Foam Advisor, and give you some good background, so you know what we are all about.
First and foremost, I want to answer a key question that you might be asking:
Who is this guy and why should I even pay attention to him when it comes to spray foam?
So, let me tell you a little about myself.
My name is Robert Naini. I am the founder of Spray Foam Advisor. I grew up in Texas and I’ve lived here almost all of my life.
When I finished high school, I stayed in the DFW area and went to the University of Texas at Arlington to get a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
And about 2 years into it I struggled with fluid dynamics, fun stuff right?
It’s the study of how fluids flow – water, oil, etc.; we even treat air as a fluid.
I found out that if I stayed on the aerospace track, I had to take two more fluid dynamics classes – compressible and incompressible flows, whoa, I did not want to do that.
So I talked to an advisor and found out that if I switched to Mechanical Engineering, no more fluid dynamics, that was a super easy decision, mechanical engineering here I come.
Then toward the end of my third year it hit me, I did not want to be an engineer, Oh boy!!!
I did not want to be stuck behind a desk, designing flanges, gears and motors – sounded like major boring shit to me!
I did not know what I wanted to do, but I was so close to finishing that I went ahead and got my degree in mechanical engineering.
I finished the engineering program, started looking for jobs and got bad news. I was not the only engineer looking for a job.
It was May 2002, seven months after 9/11, the engineering market was tight and I was competing against colleagues in my class and other recent grads that had 2 to 5 years of experience.
So I did what every “smart” student does that can’t find a job, I stayed in school, so I could defer my student loans.
I decided to take business classes and get an MBA, a Master’s in Business Administration.
I was genuinely interested in business and two years later I finished my business degree.
After I finished my masters, I accidentally got a job with a small company named Demilec.
I got this phone call on a Friday afternoon from an executive assistant named Belinda. I had no idea who Demilec was, what they did or how they found out about me, but she invited me for an interview Monday morning, and I was happy to go.
I had very little experience in the construction industry, I mean I worked on a framing crew over the summer when I was 14, but I knew next to nothing about insulation and didn’t know anything at all about spray foam insulation.
I remember going in for the interview, wearing a suit that was too big for me, being super nervous and unsure about myself, sweaty palms and all.
During the interview, the first question my soon to be new boss asked me was, “What is a chemical company going to do with a mechanical engineer?”
I was dumbfounded, I had no idea. I just had this blank stare on my face and said, “That’s a great question, that’s what I am here for, I was hoping you could tell me.”
That man’s name was Dave Lall, and he became my boss, my long time mentor and today he is a friend.
That must have been the right answer because I got the job, starting as an entry-level engineer, and over the next 10 years I touched every part of the business, working in product support, sales & marketing, engineering and eventually becoming an executive with the company.
My teams worked with architects, builders, code officials and spray foam contractors all across the country, where we focused on spray foam training and education including application, sales, marketing, building science and building codes.
I started at the bottom, with no knowledge or experience, and made it to the top.
During this time, I learned the value of ongoing training, how to continuously get better and the importance of working with experienced people.
Looking back, I know that if I can do it, starting where I started at, you can too.
So I have created Spray Foam Advisor to share knowledge & information, provide training & consulting for the spray foam industry and inspire you to take action, GROW yourself, GROW your business and GROW the industry.
I will send you a special message, where I share a key concept that I have learned from my mentors, and other massively successful people, and I will show you how to GROW yourself and GROW your business.