We recently connected with Patrick Sidener and have shared our conversation below.
Patrick , thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Can you talk to us about serving the underserved.
We genuinely want to help people who are house-less; that desire to be indoors, have a place of their own. We know that some people feel the same way. This is why we put a donation page on our website – www.PFHousing.com. Our company plan once we start shipping units, is to donate at least 1 relief home every quarter to a local non-profit or municipality to help house the unsheltered.
With help we can bridge the gap of homelessness world-wide starting right here in Arizona.
We need people and companies to step along side of us with land and resources for parts and labor to build these here. We have developed an inexpensive process and supply line to provide houses to those outdoors, as well as the single mother struggling to make rent, but we will not be able to do this alone. It will take both money and time which we are willing to help absorb for the good of others.
We very much so appreciate you visiting our site, and hope that together we can work toward housing the world in a simple & cost-effective manner.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Perfect Fit Housing is the brainchild of Patrick Sidener, Michael Smith, Thomas Whitman, Nat Nickelle, and Jeff Donnell. We are a manufactured house distributor supplying tiny homes, accessory dwelling units, emergency & temporary housing, as well as prefab and onsite built steel housing. Patrick started a supply chain management company back in 2008 and oversees supply lines for inventors and Fortune 50 companies alike. Michael created “The Budweiser frogs”, “Skittles taste the rainbow”, and other advertising masterpieces. Nat’s law firm fights for rights of the underserved year after year. Jeff helped build a certain un-named turbo charger company into a billion-dollar powerhouse. We initially started with a question. As a team we saw a need and developed a solution to this need over the course of a 2.5-year R & D phase. We now have the material supply in place and the facilities here in the USA to assemble and build. We all know that the struggle is real for most! Our company creates the opportunities for extremely affordable housing to be brought to the table. Hoping to reduce and someday eradicate at least the housing struggle.
What’s been the best source of new clients for you?
By far our number 1 new client source is referrals from other like industry professionals, friends, and customers.
Like industry professionals are people or companies that do similar duties and tasks to our current focus, that we send clients to based on their past performance. They in turn send us business based on ours. Usually there is some overlap in what we both offer but we work well together as a team to offer one-stop-shop like capabilities.
Friends in the industry usually start out as customers, or people working for your customer.
Purchasing agents, engineers, technicians, principles, these are individuals that you get along well with and form a good bond to work and make money together. This is 65% of our new customer base.
Customers talk to people every day just like we do. Sometimes they have a new potential customer or friend that is also looking for services that we offer. If the customer is having a good experience with us they will usually send our info over, or sometimes they will schedule the call with us for their contact.
Can you talk to us about manufacturing? How’d you figure it all out? We’d love to hear the story.
Michael called me and told me a story about how someone broke into his restaurant and smashed everything up pretty bad. They discovered it was a guy with no home. So instead of getting mad about it, Mike asked me how we could find an inexpensive way to house these peeps so that they have a place to call their own. We brought in Nat, Tommy, & Jeff and kicked around a few different ideas for a while. We finally landed on these simple, secure manufactured homes that we could build for under $20k with kitchens, bathrooms, HV/AC, and hot-water heaters. So, we worked with our distribution partners and set up multiple channels of incoming raw materials, parts, and fasteners. Then we got to work building sample units for training and validation of product. These were units we had only seen pictures of and had no knowledge of what stressors we would run into. We just saw a need, planned our execution, and moved on our best solution. Sometimes too much overthinking gets nothing accomplished. We already had channels in place for the parts we needed, but utilizing workers to build these was difficult. once we developed a good system and crew, we were off and running. When doing projects like these, we recommend that you spend a little bit longer in the planning process to make sure you are able to create uniform product consistently.
- Website: www.PerfectFitHousing.com
- Instagram: @perect_fit_housing
- Facebook: @PFHousing
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/perfect-fit-housing-phoenix