Dave Settlemyer, Longmont, Colo., and son of former Iolans David and Kathy Jo Settlemyer, recently raked in the awards for his deck construction business.
Settlemyer owns Ls Underground, a business he began in 2003 at age 22, and has brought to great heights.
Settlemyer’s firm placed in 10 categories, including six first-place awards in the international competition that took place in Clearwater, Fla., on April 22.
The price of lumber has “literally quadrupled” in the past year, Settlemeyer said via email, and “making money has been a challenge.”
“We are typically booked six months out with pricing locked in at the time of contracting.”
Living in the Boulder area, however, has eased his pain.
“We are fortunate that in our area, the market for our services is very high so business is still on an upswing,” he said.
Settlemyer is a native of Colorado, but visits Kansas frequently, he said.
“Both sides of my family were foundling settlers of Iola,” he said.
His mother is the daughter of John Nichols, Gas, and Erma Jo McWhinny of Iola.
He is the grandson of Richard and Yvonne Settlemyer of Colony, and nephew of Rick and Carol Settlemyer and Gerald Settlemyer of Colony.
Visit his website at www.lsunderground.com to see examples of his work.