Here we are, summer of 2020, smack dab in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Things are definitely looking different than when I rejoined Christner Woodworkers and started working on HDPOCKETDOORS a little over 2 years ago. March of 2018 was my official return. Jim Christner, the OG pocket door guy, had plans to retire and invited me, his son, Mike Christner, to rejoin after a 7 year hiatus following the 2007-2008 recession.
I had to take a different career path to provide for my family. I chose the booming communication industry, where I worked my way up from a trainee, to technician, to lead tech, to supervisor. I was leading a team upwards of 15 technicians as we serviced the Valley of the Sun.
In the middle of 2017, Christner Woodworkers was really beginning to take off under Jim's leadership. The construction industry was back on its feet, and he was concentrating solely on pocket frame manufacturing and local installation. The business was growing, but what about his plans for retirement? I started working with Jim on my days off, and I really saw the potential in this business. We started making plans for me to rejoin the company full time, knowing that I would eventually take over the company as my dad, Jim, planned for retirement.
Heavydutypocketdoorframes.com led to @hdpocketdoors. In March 2018, we decided to start an Instagram account, and we named it @hdpocketdoors. This platform has led to huge growth for our company with a 200% boost in sales nationwide and international. This account serves as a digital portfolio of our products and workmanship and a direct link to our current and future customers, fellow tradesmen, and professionals. Customers can shop our products directly from Instagram, where they can also find a link to our YouTube channel and website, and communicate directly with us and get real time responses.
Fast forward to July 2020. Jim has retirement in his grasp. Our team is growing with three additional pocket door guys: Norm, Adrian, and my son, Elijah.
As a result of this growth, @hdpocketdoors just hit the milestone of 10 K followers on Instagram! First of all, I want to thank you for your support and patronage. We enjoy following what's going on throughout this community all over the country and even all over the world through your Instagram accounts. I hope you've made it this far because here's the kicker. It's time for a giveaway!
hdpocketdoors 🚨10 K GIVEAWAY🚨⠀
Thank you for all your support! We are glad you have chosen to follow along @hdpocketdoors . As we hit the 10 K milestone, we would like to give back to this awesome community. Follow the instructions below for your chance to win these items 👇:⠀
• 1x Milwaukee M18 FUEL 30 degree Framing Nailer 2745-21⠀
• Pocketdoorguy swag: 1x shirt, 1x hat, 1x Face shield.⠀
1. Follow @hdpocketdoors⠀on Instagram.
2. Like this giveway post.⠀
3. @mention 2 accounts in a comment that would also like to win this giveaway.⠀
4. One entry per Instagram account.⠀
5. Follow the link in our bio or swipe up in our story to our 10 K GIVEAWAY entry form to complete and submit!⠀
One winner will be chosen at random.⠀
Good luck! Use #hdpocketdoorsgiveaway as you share this post with others.