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Like Attracts Like

Trace explains why JLD has so many unique clients.

By Trace Lehnhoff

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It takes about ten seconds from the time I walk into the office in the morning before I know whether or not it’s going to be a good or bad day at Jeff Lewis' office. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and if Jeff is annoyed, the tone of his voice and the gestures he makes with his eyes are extremely telling of if it's a really bad day. 

The more I work for Jeff the more I realize that crazy attracts crazy. Let me explain. There are certain traits that my boss has that set him apart from other employers, but I'm lead to believe that it is because of these traits that he has gotten to be where he is today. Now, he really gets a kick out of interesting personalities, and he selects clients he knows we will enjoy working with and in a sense entertain him.  Being new in the design business and working with clients, I'm discovering that it's a thin line between having a client that is fun and entertaining and having a client that calls asking to speak to Monkey the cat.

One thing that is difficult in the construction business is working with deadlines.  We try as an office to make sure things are being handled and taken care of as fast as they can be - to the point where I am calling to check on delivery statuses and following up with contractors as if I'm stalking them. Some things are out of our control, but we do our best to make sure things move as thoroughly and quickly as possible. Let's face it, there's always going to be drama at work.

Meanwhile, it’s still a great day a Jeff Lewis' office.

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