Vision of a Foundation Repair Company
In the late 1980s, Mike Smith and co-worker Sam Lockhart, who previously owned a waterproofing company, acknowledged a shared vision and brought it to life. Deciding to combine their fields of expertise in masonry and waterproofing, in May of 1989, the two formed the Indiana-based foundation repair company United Dynamics, Inc. Over the years, the duo wanted to expand the business, but they agreed that the company name did not describe what they did or support their vision to branch into other markets. So, Founders Mike and Sam teamed up with entrepreneurs in Chicago, IL, and Lexington, KY, and set their sights on Nashville, TN, to encompass all that they wanted to do in foundation repair in these new cities.
Son Chris Smith recalls working at his dad’s foundation repair company from an early age during his “school breaks, Christmas break, summer break, all breaks,” in Jeffersonville, IN, claiming he “grew up with a shovel in hand.” His employed involvement began in high school, working with the UDI production crew until 1992 when he moved to Nashville, TN, to attend college. It was at Trevecca University that Chris moved from production to selling jobs out of his dorm room, and it wasn’t long before his remote efforts achieved for him the title of Regional Manager in Tennessee and Kentucky.