Star City Six – Thomas Huston
Honest & Humble Construction, LLC (honesthumble.com) is a general contracting company that specializes in remodeling, restoration and repair, serving both residential and commercial clients. Thomas Huston is the owner of Honest & Humble Construction, LLC.
Tell us a little about your business.
We do everything from the “honey-do list” to building on additions to a home. I founded the company in 2012, and expanded with new divisions and specialty crews in 2016 and 2017. Now that we are in 2018 our business is booming and people are recognizing our name, and more importantly, associating it with quality.
How did you get started in the business?
I am a 3rd generation carpenter. I watched my dad and grandpa work with their hands all my life. My parents also owned rental properties growing up, so I got to learn how to repair and build things firsthand. When I got old enough, I still enjoyed working with my hands, so I figured I would make it my life’s work too.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Our rapid growth in a relatively short period of time. It’s a good thing, but having a room for all the equipment and tools needed has been a stretch.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
The past two years I have set my goals for amount of projects and income. I have met, and exceeded, both of those. Consistently doing that has felt like a huge achievement for me, and this year I’ve already surpassed my goals for 2018, so I just had to set them a little higher.
Tell us a little about your family.
My parents both live here in Lincoln, but they are originally from Omaha. I grew up in the same house they live in today. My brother and his wife plus their baby girl live in North Carolina. They are both successful artists and just got married at the end of July here in Lincoln. My household consists of my girlfriend Danni, who also helps me run the business, and our dog, a white lab named Tobe.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Go sailing and being outside with my dog.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Even though being in construction you have to be able to draw, I’m actually very artistic and have painting and drawings throughout my house. I would have to say, though, that photography is my favorite.
What are you the most proud of?
My brother, who has always been by my side.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Eventually I would like to start a charity to help out those who have Parkinson’s.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
What is your favorite movie?
Howl’s Moving Castle.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
The Blue Orchid.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Andy Frisella, who is a motivational speaker.
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