Today we’d like to introduce you to Josip and Lucy Antolovic.
Josip and Lucy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started in 1996 when we, along with my mom, immigrated from Croatia. My parents had a tough time finding stabile work. Thankfully my dad was a genius when it came to building, as he finished school as an architect/tradesman back in Europe. Once he found there was a real market for this in Chicago, he then opened up his own remodeling company. After many years of working for himself, he slowly began adding employees. During this time, I went to school and worked for my dad. Once I finished high school I began working full time. Ever since then we have increased our staff and sales. I currently do the designs and 3D renderings as well as office tasks. My mom joined in as well and is currently one of the project managers. We’ve made a family business that we hope grows in the generations to come!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We definitely haven’t always had a smooth road, but thankfully with each other’s help we got through it all! Since my dad had a hard time writing in English, I was the one that used to write the estimates and invoices out for him and then my mom would rewrite it so the handwriting would look better. To this day I am still writing invoices and estimates! My dad’s English speaking skills have definitely improved, however the writing never did! None of us has had an education on how to run a business, but together we’ve learned a lot. We’ve found mentors, used many online resources, and went to workshops in the Chicagoland area. It just takes strong will.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a family owned remodeling company located in Winnetka. We do everything from renovating kitchens, baths, painting, carpentry (custom builds as well), etc. All work interior and exterior, we can do it! We also offer design services that’ll show the homeowner what their home can look like. What sets us apart from other companies is our quality and client satisfaction. We will never leave a job until our client is 100% satisfied with our work. We believe that the best type of advertisement is word of mouth, and the only way to achieve that kind of advertisement is by having happy clients and leaving behind quality work.
What were you like growing up?
Josip: “I grew up in a very big family of 8 kids. I was the oldest of the boys, so I always felt I had to take charge. Growing up on the farms, I always knew I was going to leave one day. I had dreams of becoming someone and doing something special. Creating a quality life for myself and my kids. I never was much of a bookworm- I loved using my hands to build something. This was something I was good at and relaxed with. It was nice, it was fun…A lot better than digging in the garden. “
- Address: 874 Green Bay Rd. Suite 110
- Website: www.jliremodelinginc.com
- Phone: 847-386-9105
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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