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Success Story: Carlos and Robert

May 10, 2013

HUNTER-BROTHERSbioFor brothers Carlos and Robert Hunter, breaking into the construction industry during the economic downturn took a leap of faith. Yet their gamble to launch a new business paid off, thanks to the training they received at Goodwill. For their perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit, they were honored with Goodwill’s Good Work! Award.

Carlos and Robert participated in Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program, which armed them with the knowledge, skills and certifications necessary to succeed in the business industry. “We had the heart to do construction work, but we needed to sharpen our skills and gain an insider’s perspective of the business side of operations,” said Carlos.

Their desire to learn and willingness to help others was apparent to all who came in contact with them. “Carlos and Robert quickly showed themselves as leaders and mentors,” said Brian Otto, General Manager of Goodwill Construction Services. “Their example and drive gained respect from staff and students alike.” In fact, the Hunters were so eager to establish a foothold in the construction industry that they often stayed after hours to discuss information not covered in class.

After graduating in 2010, Carlos and Robert opened Hunter & Hunter General Services, LLC. Using the skills and experience they gained at Goodwill, they took on multiple residential construction projects, while simultaneously calling on industry contacts drawn from Goodwill’s professional network. After months of cold calls and meetings without result, the brothers grew discouraged. “There were days that we wanted to quit,” said Robert, “but we encouraged each other and kept pressing forward.” Their persistence paid off when they became the first minority contractors to land a commercial contract with Gilbane, Inc., an industry leader in building and construction.

Today Hunter & Hunter is a successful company that has been awarded numerous commercial building contracts across the state and employs 11 people, include former Goodwill graduates. “People arrive at Goodwill with their own set of hardships,” said Carlos, “but Goodwill encourages them to keep trying and never give up. Our goal is to do the same. Everybody needs a second chance.”

Elizabeth Isenhour

Elizabeth Isenhour

The Hunters’ story was profiled by news anchor Erica Bryant with WSOC-TV in a special segment that aired May 9, 2013. To view the video, click here.

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