We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Hickey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in Hondo, TX, a small town of 7000 people west of San Antonio. We lived on the family farm there but we also farmed my grandfathers land in eastern Colorado. Growing up on a family farm required us to help out and work at a early age. At the time, I certainly didn’t like it but as I have grown older I look back on it fondly due to the work ethic it instilled in me that has carried me thru my career. It also instilled in me the desire to be self employed. Farmers are, in my opinion, the hardest working entrepreneurs due to the nature of their business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Creekstone Outdoor Living is Houston’s only true one-stop-shop for outdoor living! We offer a full array of design build services for pools, patios, outdoor kitchens, and more but we also own and operate our own full service retail store and design showroom. Everything from patio furniture, lighting, grills, grill accessories, rubs & seasonings, and more are available every day at Creekstone. We started as a firm dedicated to constructing the highest quality and best designs and evolved into a place where our customers can touch and feel what they are buying before its in their backyard.
As a company with a construction background, expanding into retail was certainly a challenging goal. We had a lot to learn but fortunately we have an incredible team and they were instrumental in making it a success! We have learned along that way that people can be your biggest challenge but when they are in the right spot and the right fit, they are your biggest asset!
If it goes in the backyard – whether it is built in or on your home or you can take it with you, we sell it at Creekstone Outdoor Living! Pools, patios, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and all the accessories that go with it!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would dedicate this shoutout to my wife, Tara. In addition to being a part of the Creekstone Outdoor Living team, she has always been my biggest supporter. As an entrepreneur, there are certainly days that can flat out whip your butt, however, having her at my side for support gives me the confidence to know that we will conquer any problem or challenge we encounter. Additionally, my store GM, Rick Koshnick, was instrumental in our expansion into the retail space. Without the both of them, along with countless other loved ones, friends, and of course clients, Creekstone Outdoor Living would not be the same.
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