My husband’s story- new wife demanded new husband to start a new venture – a commercial glass company
The year was 2011 and two type A folks decided to get married, creating the foundation for a large, expanding, family and the dream of creating a successful family business. At that time Pete had twenty years of experience in the glass business and Jennifer had six years in the fashion industry.
Of course experience beat out a really cool industry for the launch of a family business and Jennifer eventually exchanged stilettos for work boots, hand bags for tape measures and Reliant Contract Glass became our baby.
While Pete was doing all the things an entrepreneur does when launching a commercial glass company and performing all the roles of a glass contractor – Estimator, PM, value engineer, HR manager, salesman, driver and shop associate, Jennifer was hired by Google as the Risk Manager responsible for (of all things…..) global construction.
The experience at Google prepared Jennifer to support Reliant in additional ways, with very little overlap to Pete’s skill and so began the 24 / 7 togetherness
With five children, we are bound to have a few with a desire to work in construction. Tyler started at Reliant at the age of eighteen, working in the shop and learning about fabrication and glass from the ground up.
Ten years of experience later he is estimating, managing projects, supporting marketing and safety efforts and some administrative duties. A couple of the other kids have floated in and out between college semesters and one is at U of Iowa with career plans in construction.
Our people are the foundation of our growth and success. We value the contributions of each of our employees to our commercial glass company.
Our highly skilled union glaziers operate efficiently, effectively and safely taking a complex project and delivering results exceeding expectations.
The collaborative nature of our organization allows the office to support the field seamlessly so the job is performed within time and budget constraints at the highest level of workmanship. And, watching the bonds that form between our crew is the icing on the cake.
In 2022, our family is celebrating ten years of hard work, passion, risk, commitment, and love that we have poured into this family venture. We look forward to what the future holds!
We are grateful for what this commercial glass company has provided and find joy in paying it forward.
Reliant supports several core organizations each year financially. Volunteering is also in our nature. Pete led parking for the Care 4 Breast Cancer Run Walk supporting Family Health Partnership in Crystal Lake and for many years several Reliant folks helped at this annual event. Since 2005 or so, Jennifer has supported the local Meals on Wheels program, delivering meals to homebound seniors.
Reliant also provides monthly or annual support to the following organizations:
- Family Health Partnership
- Saving Tiny Hearts
- Refuge for Women
- Hope Grows
- Samaritans Purse
- Daily Hope
- Tunnel to Towers