We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Massey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Prior to being in the environmental field I was working for general contractors and dealing with property management. During this time I took notice that there were many unlicensed individuals offering misguided interpretations and not advising their clients correctly. I knew there was a void to fill in this part of the industry. Once I acquired my general contractor’s license I began doing work residentially and exploring different aspects of what the construction field was lacking and that was identifying possible hazardous materials prior to construction. Starting with asbestos and lead identification in residential and commercial properties eventually expanded into the need for mold assessments. The growth did not stop there as clients continued with their needs for further environmental testing needs where we had to eventually grow our team from 1 to twelve and counting.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
JLM Environmental Inspection & Consulting offers endless types of environmental testing depending on the needs of the individual or company. We offer residential and commercial testing for asbestos, lead, mold, radon gas, and volatile organic compounds to name a few. We strongly believe in taking the time to educate our clients when they honestly do not know what they need. Assisting them with care is what I believe sets us apart from other companies. From the general contractors calling us about another project and chatting about the surf in the area to the mother that calls in fear of her situation, we provide unbiased care and solution in a timely manner. Opening up our laboratory has also provided our clients with the faster turnaround they seek. Our inspectors are constantly updating their education through refresher courses and new methods for efficiency. If anyone ever told you that starting, growing, and keeping a successful business was easy – they lied. It was anything but. Challenges were faced head on with little time to let them amount to more than what they started. I am a man that takes pride in handling things straight away and that has been helpful for the little fires that arise. Along the way I have learned (am still learning) that everything costs something. One moment always replaces a moment that could have been. One decision always replaces another. I would like you all to know that prayer and humility was the kindling to the fire when JLM was formed. So much unknown was sought with faith and God provided.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Depending on the season, I would shoot for a Dodger game, Kings game, or Laker game if possible with dinner near Staples center likely at L.A. Live. If it was Dodger season, my wife would insist we all get dodger dogs and an ice cold Modelo. The mornings they would join me for surf in Manhattan Beach followed by acai bowls at Paradise Bowl or breakfast burritos at Eat at Joe’s. If we had the chance we would also head north to Malibu for afternoon surf and a delicious dinner by the sand at The Sunset restaurant. They have an amazing Scottish salmon dish and my wife is a fan of the short ribs pappardelle. We could also head up to Malibu Wines for a leisure tasting with a view. Although exploring the greater LA area can be fun, staying local in the beach cities is where its at. My family and I love being outside so my friend would know that he signed up for long bike cruises from Palos Verdes to Dockweiler, mountain biking the many trails in Palos Verdes, and soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Avenues. We would absolutely carve out time to visit my favorite restaurant, Japonica, located in Redondo Beach, for the most amazing sushi, fusion dishes, and sake. We have a few staples that we order which include the Final Fantasia and White Lightning rolls. We’ve come to know the servers and managers so well that they seat us with our favorite drinks already on the table. We adore Japonica.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my wife. She was there with me from the start- the long nights, the endless paperwork, the leader of my one man study group, and my cheerleader. I couldn’t have done it without her.