Family economies are extremely important when it comes to building a strong family unit. Here are some examples of real family economies that make a difference in their circle of influence.
Mike Chapa Family
Mike Chapa is a sinner, saved by grace. A former CHEC Executive Director, he now leads Emmanuel OPC church plant as an elder in Castle Rock, CO, and is finishing an M.Div. Mike is a graduate of the USAF Academy, a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel fighter/test pilot, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering. Mike is also a part-time businessman and consultant in the aerospace/defense field (goldenarmconsultants.com and Northrop Grumman Aerospace). He and his wife, Tonya, have homeschooled their six children since 1997 and Tonya is the owner of fruitfulvinecreations.com and myfruitfuldeal.com, a company that specializes in vinyl lettering and signs, particularly Scripture, for your walls. They have graduated three, the oldest 1.9 are married, and are expecting their first grandchild in 2015.
At the age of 7 Corey Cheney started working alongside his Father at their hot dog stand in Downtown Denver. Since then he has worked in a variety of family businesses ranging from home remodeling and real estate to retail sales. Currently he owns and manages a video production company based in Colorado, Provident Media Group. Corey was mentored and apprenticed by Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner.
Mike Cheney Family
Mike and Roxie are blessed with 2 children, Annie and Corey, who they have home educated since birth. The family is engaged in several ventures involving real estate investment, brokerage, property management, media production and internet retailing. They also sell fresh products from their small family farm. They served as the state conference Coordinators from 2001-2012.
Richard Lawrence Family
Richard and his wife Debbie live in northern Colorado with their four children. They have been homeschooling their children since 1995. Richard worked as an Electrical Engineer for about 20 years. In 2005 he left his engineering job to work at home full time. Together Richard and Debbie have written 11 Christian Science books which are now published by Answers in Genesis. They also started “R and D Educational Center” to sell science and history books. Doing the work on the books with his wife has not only been a blessing to Richard, but it has also increased his understanding of the wonders God put all around us. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, and reading.
Josiah Gallo Family
Josiah Gallo has been starting and running businesses since he was 13 years old. For 10 years he has owned LazerDesigns.com, a laser engraving company. Recently he has started a technology company and FocusPoint, a business training company. His passions involve business, helping others succeed, his growing family, excellence and entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Rebekah, have 2 children.
Robert Marvel Family
Robert A. Marvel was born and raised in Edgewater, Colorado where he and his family have lived for 65 years. Bobby married his high school sweetheart Margaret in October of 1966 moving into a rental house which they later purchased and are living there to this day. For the next 10 years he worked as a truck driver. In 1976 Bobby’s wife and Uncle encouraged him to start a concrete flat work business. All of the children helped out in the concrete and snow removal business as they went into adulthood. In 1989 they started their 3rd business distributing Amway products. Their two sons encouraged them to expand the concrete company into the commercial market. They have integrated their children into their businesses. All of their 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild live in the Denver area within 10 miles of one another. Their fourth business, Marvel Management LLC, owns and manages commercial and residential income property for Marvel Concrete Inc. The Marvel family believes America’s free enterprise system is the best in the world.
Kevin Morgan Family
For many years Kevin Morgan wanted more out of life than just working for someone else. His father had his own electrical business when Kevin was growing up in Pennsylvania, and Kevin’s desire was to take over that business when his dad could no longer run it. When his dad died unexpectedly in 2001 and Kevin’s mom had to sell the business to provide her living expenses, that door closed. He attempted to start his own computer repair business, but found it wasn’t bringing in enough to pay the bills on its own. Through one of the part time jobs he was working at the time, Kevin found out about the opportunity to purchase All Bright Blinds in the spring of 2014. The appeal of this mobile blind-cleaning business was that the business was already established and had been going strong in southern Colorado for twenty-two years. After much prayer and asking a lot of questions, our family purchased the business on April 21, 2014. Little did we know how much our lives were going to change!
One of the reasons they wanted to take on a family business was to have the opportunity to involve their teens, Joshua and Melissa, in the work. Melissa is putting her public speaking skills to good use as she calls customers to remind them of their appointment to have their blinds cleaned the next day. The customers love seeing a family business at work when they discover that the girl from the office who called them is just 13 years old. Joshua has decided he thinks work is more fun than school and would be happy to join his dad on the road full time. He was able to help with an especially large job Kevin had to do shortly after buying the business and was a tremendous help to his dad. We are looking forward to the day when he will be able to join his dad on the job on a regular basis.
Each of us have learned that, with a home business, there are often jobs that need to be done that aren’t enjoyable or convenient or comfortable, but they still have to be done. Each of us is learning the importance of being faithful, whether our jobs seem small or large, because each job is important.
We are also learning that we cannot work this business on our own but need to surround ourselves with those who have more skills than we do. The former owners of this business were extremely helpful in the first month or two as they trained Kevin how to do the work and answered my frequent questions related to scheduling and accounting. They continue to make themselves available as a resource, and for that we are grateful.
Finally, we have learned that every day presents opportunities to walk in obedience to our Heavenly Father, to show love to others whether they are polite or rude, to respond in humility if something goes wrong, and to bless others with our words and actions. In short, we have the privilege of shining the light of Christ to our customers as we walk uprightly in our day-by-day business dealings. We now have opportunity to impact more people with God’s love than we did before.
Bill Roach Family
Bill Roach has served as the Chairman of Generations with Vision since its founding, and is also currently President of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. Believing in the value of laboring together for the Kingdom of God, his family works in multiple ministry and business opportunities, including insurance sales, financial services, credit card processing, precious metals, investments, and donated food distribution to those in need. He and his wife, Shalyn, have five children.
Chad Roach is a serial entrepreneur who has worked in finance and sales for over 7 years. During that time, he has started multiple companies and has worked in various fields including insurance, credit card processing & merchant services, venture capital, non-profit development, financial services, and precious metals. Chad started Cornerstone Capital Investment Inc. and its subsidiary Cornerstone Bullion as a profitable family-based business endeavor in which he works with his dad and sisters on the day-to-day operations of the business. He is also a board member for WCM Global Wealth, and works as the Development Director for Generations with Vision. He was mentored for 5 years as he took on additional responsibilities.
Dale Schamel Family
Dale Schamel founded Armor Steel Buildings & affiliates in 1996 and has developed the companies into a multi-million dollar manufacturing & marketing companies. In addition, the Schamel family own and operates, a General Contracting company, Real Estate investment firm, a National Advertising Agency, and a non-profit Ranch among others, all on a debt free basis. He founded the Christian Family Business Association in 2010 to educate and train families to have their own Biblical family business. Dale & his wife Jannice currently have 11 children who are apprenticed in the family businesses. They live in Larkspur, CO.
George Sechrist Family
The Sechrists definitely represent an integrated family economy! George and Tammi and their 4 children are involved in various businesses including an Allstate insurance agency, world wide sales of floral designs for weddings and other occasions through their company www.etsy.com/shop/lilywinkel , writing, window washing and roofing. George is a board member and Vice President of Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC). The entire family is involved in various parts of CHEC and it’s subsidiaries, AME and generations with Vision.
Ian Serff Family
Ian is owner and art director of Serff Creative Group, Inc., a design firm located in Aurora, Colorado. With over 20 years experience in the design industry, Ian focuses his energy on creative design solutions for his clients, including print, web, interactive media, and strategic branding and creative design implementation. Ian draws from his experiences as an entrepreneur, husband, father of a large growing family and a believer in Jesus Christ. He and his wife Stephanie are blessed to homeschool their 7 children and run his design firm out of their home.
Kevin Swanson is a second-generation homeschooler, published author, radio personality, and director of Generations with Vision, a ministry dedicated to strengthening homeschool families across the country. As a homeschool father of five children, Kevin is a nationally recognized speaker on home discipleship and education, and hosts the daily Generations Radio program heard by homeschool families around the world. Kevin has a vision for helping families across America build fruitful family economies in the 21st Century.
Steven Vaughn Family
Steven Vaughan has been married to Jennifer for 26 years. They have 6 children ranging in age from 21 to 6 years. He has owned HISCO Infusion Services, Inc, a Nursing business, in 1998, and was able to transition from working full time for someone else to working full time for his own company in 2 years. His oldest daughter, Ashley, now helps in his home office. He also has two side businesses a portable coffee and smoothie bar, and a home recording studio. His son Zach has a growing lawn care business and makes exotic wood cutting boards and wooden pens. The Vaughan daughters also have joined the entrepreneurial ranks making decorative hair pieces, hand crafted jewelry, and greeting cards.
Aaron Voorhees Family
Aaron Voorhees is an entrepreneur with 20 years of business experience. He and his father, John Voorhees, have worked together for years in living out the mentor/apprentice model and have built ASLAN Companies, a multi faceted construction, development and investment firm with the express purpose of bringing glory to God in the market place and to disciple young men to glorify God in their businesses. They are currently mentoring 2 young men in the commercial construction business.
Bryan Walchle Family
Bryan and his wife Jennifer have been blessed with 5 precious arrows. They have many “irons in the fire” but work at all of them together as a family. Working together in their outfitting business, Walchle Ranch Hunting, was their first foray into family economy and it was a torch carried forward from Bryan’s dad. Bryan also has spent much of the past 12 years working with his father as a real estate broker, specializing in large ranch and recreational properties and commercial investments. Their most recent company, Sun and Shield came about from requests from clients in both the real estate and the outfitting business and has grown in many directions. By providing additional personalized investment opportunities in bullion, firearms, ammunition, and lifestyle and asset protection. Each member of the family has their specialty, but each one is part of the integrated whole. They live and educate their children in the mountains of Western Colorado.
Bill and Karen Ward have a passion for the Christian discipleship of their five children and have found avenues to disciple other families through hosting families in their home, leading a girls’ discipleship group and a father-son monthly dinner, and by teaching parenting classes in their church. Their children have used apprenticeship opportunities to develop skills and experience in the areas of ministry, facilities, and handy-man work. Current family enterprises include lawn care/landscaping, housecleaning, and family portrait photography. Bill, a laboratory scientist, and Karen, a homemaker, live with their five children and Bill’s elder sister in Missouri.
Gary Wayne Family
Gary Wayne, has been married for 23 years to Johanne Wayne. They have 4 children 17-22 years old. Gary played 12 years of professional baseball as a relief pitcher for the 1991 World Series champ Minnesota Twins, 1993 Colorado Rockies and LA Dodgers. He retired from baseball in 1995 and entered the business world as an investment advisor for the past 17 years. He is currently with a Christian investment firm, Integrity Financial Consulting, and since 2004 has owned a small business that deals with financial coaching and debt settlement. All four children have worked or currently work in this business.