By Janee Law
John Kerry Sullivan, owner of Huntington Station-based John Kerry Construction Co., has been working in construction for more than 40 years.
Throughout that time, he said, he’s made it a point to put personal touch on each job he works, making his business stand out from the rest.
“I’m always working with the people and I offer that service of being there for the customer,” he said. “It’s better to be on the job every day and work with the customers. It gives a personal touch.”
Sullivan’s expertise include all phases of home improvement, including carpentry, kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, and interior and exterior trim. Sullivan said he also provides custom and unique work for customers.
He said he enjoys every minute of it. “You just feel good at the end of the job when everything looks good and the people are happy,” said Sullivan, who has crafted jobs within the Town of Huntington and all over Long Island. “That’s what you’re looking for.”
Sullivan received most of his expertise through on-the-job training and he said it was his passion for creativity that inspired him to work in construction.
“It was something I always had a love for,” he said. “I enjoy building, the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, and being physical.”
When Sullivan began working in the industry, he worked for other contractors in the area, as he built his skill set.
“At that time, what you did was you start working for yourself,” he said. “That’s the next step so I set up a business and became self-employed.”
John Kerry Construction Co. started up in 1985 and has been going strong ever since.
The company operates from Sullivan’s home in Huntington Station and although it's a small operation, Sullivan said it’s very successful.
“One of the nice things about being in this type of work is in home improvements,” Sullivan said. “There’s so many different jobs that you can do and they’re all involved with housing, so you don’t get pigeon holed into one particular job all the time.”
Whether it’s heading to a job, meeting with the customer or picking up supplies, the routine varies each day, Sullivan said.
“There’s a lot of flexibility. One job might involve windows, another job might involve doing a trim for kitchens baths,” he added. “It’s always changing and that’s another reason for doing this type of work. It’s never repetitive.”
For more information on John Kerry Construction, call 516-241-9217.