Meet Jerry And April Terry
Proud Owners Of Decathlon Construction And Decathlon Tiny Homes. Our production factory is based out of Sachse, Texas
Jerry Terry: Chief Executive Officer
This is Jerry Terry, CEO of Decathlon Tiny Homes. I’m grateful for your curiosity about our company and how we came to be. After all, your experience with a Tiny Home will have a great deal to do with the reason that the company you choose are building them in the first place. Those reasons will leave impressions all over, and with the importance of detail in this product, that will have long legs.
I was an All-American Decathlete in high school and college. My life was dedicated to this 10 event test of speed, strength, endurance and focus, and so I decided to take the name Decathlon with me into my next arena.
I started Decathlon Construction on March 12th 2003. I was 24 years old, had $3,000 in my pocket, and a Hatchback Saturn to my name. I put an add in the newspaper (yea that’s right, an actual PAPER newspaper), and scraped up enough money to pay my rent less than a week before it was due….. for 6 straight months. Ramen noodles was dinner, and a Sam’s Club box of M&M’s was breakfast. I averaged 90 hour weeks. It’s an experience I’ll always carry with me.
It was a 16 year climb to the top of my industry in the Outdoor Living space. We were the best, and it wasn’t close. Something however, was a little off. While I have thousands of customers who were left with outstanding experiences, the fact that I was in the realm of the service industry meant that, even though people were happy, they didn’t have any point of comparison. They were largely thrilled, but really didn’t know how much better we were. As human beings, it’s hard to be left at the pinnacle of experience when you really don’t have the full perspective.
I went out in search of a way to deliver a truly moving experience, one that would leave a lifelong impression. I once bought a Tesla. I was very fond of saying how it was the best thing I ever purchased. Sitting in that car I could feel how much that company cared about their end user. What I needed to accomplish my goal was a product. I am a leading expert in designing small spaces. An expert at residential construction. Ruthlessly dedicated to efficiency. A team behind me of people that are at the very top of their respective construction trades. An overwhelming desire to leave a positive imprint on the world around me.
I’m now back to working those 90 hour weeks with an invigorated drive, commitment and optimism. Why Tiny Homes? So that I can build you the best thing you ever bought.
April Terry: Award Winning Lead Designer
April Terry has been a part of the Decathlon team since 2009. Although Decathlon Construction had already been around for over 6 years, once April came on board, she put her indelible stamp on Decathlon brand by insisting that she provide both outstanding customer service and top design contributions. Decathlon Construction is now over 20 years in business and April continues to shine and progress the state of this family owned company.
April has both structural design and political science degrees and the process of handling both city employees (IE politics) and clients looking for design options, made perfect sense for her passions. There is no challenge put in front of April that she will not overcome successfully with vigor.
Who is April Terry? The person that you will clearly sense is the finest, Award Winning Tiny Home creative designer and customer service advocate in the Outdoor Living industry. She’s the crème de la crème at what she holds dear to heart and it certainly shows throughout her tiny home designs and outdoor living customer service finesse. Why does she insist on giving you everything she has and providing you with the best of both Design and Service?
Because of who she is, what she is and why she is…building dreams into reality.