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Meet Ryan Ewald of Covenant Doors in Redondo Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Ewald.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I had been working in the industry for a little under a decade. Originally as a technician and then later in sales. So having experienced working on both the technical and sales side of the industry, as well as having a growing family (4 kids now!), it felt like the right time to purse my dream of entrepreneurship. I was always intrigued by it and had aspirations of starting my own business. I knew it was going to be hard work, something I never shied away from, but never realized how much work it really would be. Things were anything but easy at first. I was working full time at my normal job, and at night when our kids would go to bed, I’d stay up till the wee hours of the night building all the plans, structures, systems, and marketing for the business. As time came to actually start doing business, I had notified my current employer at the time of my plans. Much to my surprise, they were extremely supportive and even allowed me to continue working for them on a “as available” basis as I transitioned- which was both a financial and personal blessing! I continued to work around the clock trying to drum up business, and much to our amazement great customers fell in our lap that we still continue to do business with today. Financials are an obvious struggle for any new business, but we stayed persistent and have continued to grow every year.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely wasn’t smooth at first, I think almost any new business can attest to that. Beside the amount of work, sacrifice, and creativeness it takes just to get things off the ground before you ever do any business at all, there are so many lessons to be learned for a new business owner. Amongst that there is also the financial aspect of starting a new business, which was a real challenge initially. But I’m a big proponent that hard work pays off and to always remember that perseverance and creativeness is what leads to success. I’m thankful for every one of those struggles, because each one of them is a valued lesson which become the building blocks for growth- both professionally and personally.

Please tell us about Covenant Doors.
Covenant Doors specializes in installation and service of most all types of doors (i.e. herculite, storefront, hollow metal, wood, overhead, rollup, etc.), glass and glazing, mirrors, storefronts, windows, gates, automation, access controls, integration, and much more for the commercial, retail, and high end residential markets. We use only the highest quality products and we are capable of assisting with both the standard ‘cookie cutter’ type projects, as well as the very custom unique products. We are enamored in the latest technologies and products, with a passion for both architectural and integrated products alike. We like to think we are a ‘one stop shop’ for our clients, as we specialize in many different scopes of the industry.

We are known for our very personalized customer service, high quality of craftsmanship, attention to details, prompt service, and mostly importantly- friendly and welcoming attitudes. I think those qualities, along with the ability to deliver a diverse number of products, and providing only the highest quality craftsmanship sets us apart. We pride ourselves in our customer relations, continued growth, and our goal of keeping to our motto: “Your satisfaction is our Covenant”

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
What would I change if I could state over? Absolutely nothing! Every obstacle, mistake, challenge or mishap I’ve faced has provided opportunity to grow and learn something new. It has taught me creativity and to ‘think outside the box’ in more ways than I can count. Never be afraid to fail or learn something new!

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