Meet the TEKRA Team – Dan Arket

DAN ARKET – OWNER/OPERATOR

 


Hobbies outside work:

 

Mountain biking, road biking, hiking, trail running, woodworking, playing with Tilly.

 

Past experience/background:

 

Graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a focus on building science. After school, he worked for a custom home builder in Rhode Island building net zero, high performance homes. Growing up, he learned a variety of skills from his father as they renovated their family home, and also built furniture.

 

What the Team says about him:

 

“Excellent leader, communicator, and motivator. He is a real team player, willing to take his employees ideas into account to achieve the goals of the company.”

 

“Great leader, always finding new ways to help improve our quality and efficiency. Could learn to take a day off or two!”

 

“He is truly doing what he’s meant to be doing. A great boss that will do any task without hesitation, no matter how dirty or hard it is.”

 

Team superlative:

 

Most likely to win a coffee drinking competition.

 

What do you enjoy about working in the construction industry?

 

“I love seeing spaces transform and seeing the tangible progress at the end of each day. Not only is the progress satisfying, but the manual labor is extremely rewarding.”

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the construction industry?

 

“I truly love all aspects, but if I had to pick one area, it would be finish carpentry.”

 

Best advice you were ever given?

 

“Be a sponge. Absorb as much knowledge as you can, as there’s always something to learn and improve upon.”

 

Favorite food:

 

Chicken parmesan, burritos, chili, and peanut butter.

 

Favorite sports team:

 

NY JETS

 

Favorite part about working at TEKRA:

 

“Being surrounded by craftsmen that are always looking to improve their skills and the end product.”

 

Best advice for someone who is looking to get into the trades?

 

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be humble and be willing to learn.”

 

What advice would you give to someone who is considering a home remodel or building a new home?

 

During the planning phase, take into account all of the things that matter most to you. Whether that be craftsmanship, functionality, overall aesthetic, etc. and let that drive both your design and choosing your builder. Make sure those on your team are looking out for your best interest.”

 

Favorite movie:

 

The Little Rascals

 

Favorite show:

Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones

 

Favorite holiday:

 

Christmas

 

Favorite thing about living in the Hudson Valley:

 

“All of the different opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature through the seasons, coupled with great food and culture!”

 

Favorite HV Restaurant:

 

Melzingah Taphouse – Beacon, NY.

Draught Industries – Beacon, NY.

 

What is one thing on your bucket list?

 

“Experience every National Park in the US.”

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERIES

The TEKRA Homeowner education series consists of 1-3 minute videos, published on instagram, Facebook and Youtube aimed at simplifying the construction process so you can make more educated choices and feel more confident during your next project. A more in depth article of each topic can be found right here at tekrabuilders.com/blog.