The start of TPA came about in 1990 when a group of three gathered together with our differing talents to form a company devoted to producing technical documentation. We soon lost one of the founders to other interests, but my other business partner and I kept the company going. After a year in my basement we made the bold and un-nerving move to a rented office. The first three years of business were definitely challenging as we struggled to grow the company. I remember our first income for the second quarter was $400.00 and we had to split that two ways. This was not working out to be a get-rich-quick method of gaining income.
In 1993, my business partner became ill and I didn't know if he was even going to live. On top of that was the increasing pressure of growing a business which is a large investment in time. Financial struggles and just the day-to-day grind of life were becoming increasingly more intense.
It was at that point in time, that I knew I needed a change. I found that change one Sunday morning at a new church we had been attending. I clearly heard the presentation of the Gospel or the Good News that Jesus Christ had died for me. Also that all my sins, which I really didn’t know I had, could be forgiven. My acceptance of Christ as my Savior on April 18, 1993 was the start of a long and wonderful journey that continues to this day.
I began attending a group called CBMC. CBMC stands for Christian Businessmen's Connection which is a men's ministry with the mission to present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to business and professional men and to develop Christian businessmen to carry out the Great Commission. I meet weekly with a diverse group who share a common desire to deepen our connection with God, and along the way, we answer the call to tell others about the completeness we've discovered through Christ. I have been actively involved in this group since mid 1993.
It was also in 1993 that I relinquished control of our company to a Higher Power. God has continued to build TPA throughout the years. In late summer of 2005 we bought 5000 square feet of a building that we now call home. For over nine months we put a great deal of sweat equity into designing and building the two floors of our current office. We moved into the new facility in June of 2006. With almost 7500 square feet of usable space, we have come a long way from the 286 square foot room in my basement.
Being a follower of Christ has done two things for me—it has caused me to live a life that I hope others would like to emulate and it has caused me to be more self conscience of the way I treat other people. Right or wrong, my life has been enhanced over the past 19 years. I have had many ups and many downs, but I wouldn’t change a thing.