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Meet Joe Harkleroad

Posted on May 26, 2015 by Chad Coe
Meet Joe Harkleroad

Having grown up in the Washington DC area, Joe was the oldest of 7 kids with his youngest sibling being 17 years behind him.

Joe loves and admires his father who was a hard worker. Joe’s dad worked as a grocery clerk and did not make a lot of money, so to make ends meet he would lay brick and block in the evenings and weekends. Joe admired his dad’s positive attitude and hard work ethic and would regularly work with his father learning the trades.

As a teenager, Joe loved baseball but he was willing to lay down his glove and bat to go work with his father.  Knowing this about his son, Joe’s dad would often encourage him to leave the jobsite to go play the game he loved.

In the 70’s, Joe attended Cedarville College and knew he had to work to pay for his college education.  Joe committed himself to the same rigor and work ethic he had seen in his father for so many years.

Although he was a 3 year varsity shortstop for Cedarville College, Joe did not play his senior year as he was busy going to school and running his own subcontracting construction company to pay the bills.

When asked to reflect upon his father and the beginning of Brentwood Builders, Joe appropriately stated, “I give God the glory, and my dad great credit”.

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