MONK RAISING THE BAR IN THE RENOVATION INDUSTRY by Lee Ann Atwater A s Monk Renovations gets ready to cele- brate their 12-year anniversary this coming March, we chat with Dan Monk, owner

in Civil Engineering. As a young civil engineer, Dan also led his own division of Atlantic Indus- tries in Alberta where he oversaw road, culvert, and pipe-building projects. After some time in Western Canada, Dan had the opportunity to move back to Nova Scotia and took a position as Project Manager with Municipal Contracting / Dexter Construction – a position he enjoyed for eight years. After fifteen years of working as a professional engineer for other companies, Dan says that, “I decided I was ready, so I left a perfectly good job to start my own company” and he took the leap of faith and started to follow his entrepreneurial dream.

When asked why he made the move Dan says, “I just decided it was time; I was ready. I used to work 12-hour days, now, a 12-hour day is a short day, and I’d never want anyone to think I’m com- plaining, it’s all a labour of love; it’s a labour of passion. I love building my company and I love building business relationships – and I love seeing where it’s going. Coming into an older home, a tired, neglected home – or just a place where it’s time for a refresh – and leaving it when it’s all done is always a memorable experience and a ‘wow’ moment where you say, ‘Look what we’ve done. We’ve converted something that was old into something that’s new again – and the client loves it.’ That’s one of the best feelings you can have – and it keeps you going.”

of Monk Renovation, from their new location in Bayers Lake in Halifax, to learn how a profession- al engineer from East Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia has been able to experience continual growth, even during the recent pandemic, and what he believes are the keys to running a successful business regardless of the industry.

For those of you that are not familiar with Dan Monk, from his many appearances on CBC radio, Thursday check ins and other posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube Dan, or as a contributing writer for Spotlight on Business Magazine monthly Contractor’s Corner we thought we would introduce you to Dan Monk, the entrepreneur behind the Monk Renovations brand. Dan is a professional engineer and a Red Seal carpenter from East Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia. He attended both St. Francis Xavier University and then Dalhousie University, achieving a degree





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