About Our FounderLarry Janesky
Larry Janesky, Founder of Contractor Nation
Larry Janesky's mission, and that of Contractor Nation, is to help contractors succeed. He knows how to do this because he has been a contractor for over 40 years (since 1982) and has the real-world experience and success that he can teach to others.
As a kid, Larry became an Eagle Scout. He graduated high school in 1982. College was never talked about in his family and there was no money for it. Larry put an ad in the newspaper: "Carpentry, call Larry, no job too small." He wound up building his first house at age 18, framing, roofing, siding, windows, doors, and a deck. From there he built 23 more homes until the building bubble burst in 1987.
The early days of Basement Systems
Larry then started a basement waterproofing company. In 1990, he started developing a dealer network of basement waterproofing companies for a few products he had developed at the time. Today Larry has 32 patents. Larry realized that in order to help his dealers grow, he had to assist them with training and tools for all areas of the business.
Basement Systems grew into the largest network of basement waterproofing contractors in North America, and many dealers grew to over $10 million, $20 million, and even $40 million.
Larry's thinking has completely revolutionized multiple industries in home improvement and home repair.
Contractor Nation headquarters in Seymour, CT
Today, Contractor Nation and its partners have over 2000 employees in 32 states, and over $650 million a year in sales. This does not include our dealers and their employees and their sales.
Larry is not interested in selling Contractor Nation and he will tell you that with firm resolve-he believes investors who don't understand and love the business will ruin it. He has seen that out there many times before. He wants his employees and dealers to know their future is secure. Larry loves what he does and comes to work five days a week to work with his team to fulfill its mission: to equip contractors for even greater success.
Larry's mission statement is "an extraordinary life of shared experiences."
- Be the best person you can be using your talents in service to others.
- Do the right thing and it will come back to you many-fold.
- Don't quit.
- Only when employees win can the customer win.
- Being a leader is a great challenge, responsibility, and opportunity.
- Get better every day, week, and month.
- Have fun-life is an adventure.
- Don't neglect your family by working too much.
- Go for it. You can do more than you think.
Larry has been writing a short message of the day called "Think Daily" and a second one called "Think Daily for Businesspeople" since 2009. There are over 20,000 subscribers and it is free. Sign Up for Think Daily
He has written many books including the award-winning book "The Highest Calling." The emotional story is about a contractor who struggles, and how he figures it out. It is available at Amazon and Audible. Buy Online
Larry lives 21 minutes from the office with his wife. He has 5 children.
Larry racing in the Baja 1000
Larry is an avid motocross rider and has his own track. He loves the woods and outdoors. He races long distances in the desert in Baja. He is the oldest solo finisher of the Baja 1000, the longest off-road race in the world. Larry's races are chronicled in popular movies on YouTube. He also won the Baja 1000 in 2015 on two wheels and 2023 on four wheels.
Larry continues to be a steward of Contractor Nation and all its "citizens" ensuring the company stands the test of time and continues to fulfill its mission.