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A Few Good Guys

Meet Local Men Making a Difference

Article by Erica Hernandez

Photography by Shannon Valentine

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Mike McCurdy

Content Creator / Photographer / Videographer

McCurdyMedia.com

YouTube.com/MikeMcCurdy 

In your YouTube channel, you review local eateries and give viewers an inside look at what makes these establishments unique. You're kind of like Cypress's very own Guy Fieri. Why do you do what you do?

I know how hard it is to run a small business, especially during the covid pandemic. I saw how restaurant owners had really been dealt a crushing blow and how some lost their businesses. Our company, McCurdy Media, was doing well during this time, so I wanted to use our skills to offer restaurants a free video featuring a couple of their favorite meals, plus talk about the restaurant’s history and how they were doing during the pandemic. Many survived by making changes, one restaurant literally cut a hole in their wall to serve people meals safely. It was really fascinating to watch American entrepreneurs do what they do during a crisis ‒ get creative, don't give up and band together. 

What do you look for when choosing restaurants to feature on your channel?

I always look for something unique and different. I love to talk to the owners as well, which is one of the big reasons I feature locally-owned restaurants. They are the ones who have the story and they happen to have great recipes, typically passed down from family. To me, that is the story. 

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Roy Campbell

Owner/Project Manager Telge Roofing Inc.

TelgeRoofing.com

How did you get into the roofing industry? 

One of my best friend’s sons owned a roofing company and I went to work for him. Then I came to Telge Roofing and bought it out. 

You've had several professions in your life including working on the railroad and as a car salesman. How does that influence the way you do business at Telge Roofing?

I kinda got my hustle from the car business. It’s a lot of going to meet people, working late nights and early mornings, meeting adjusters and getting 100 percent satisfaction.  

Telge Roofing likes to treat people like family. How do you keep it that way?

I get excited about taking care of people’s problems and turning them around from bad to good. 

Tell us about some of the awards and recognitions Telge Roofing has earned. 

Our work is checked by GAF, the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. We are a GAF two-star President’s Club Residential Award winner for our performance, reliability and service. We’re going for the three-star award, the highest level of installation. We follow strict inspection guidelines and complete monthly training. 

What do you enjoy most about running the company?

Making everybody happy at the end of the day and delivering what we promised.  

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David Mills

Owner Magnolia Patio Covers

President Kailee Mills Foundation

KaileeMillsFoundation.org

Why did you create the Kailee Mills Foundation? 

After the devastating loss of our 16-year-old daughter in a car crash, we understood how easily preventable her tragedy would have been had she just been wearing a seat belt. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in this country for people ages 1-54, and teens are three times more likely to die in a crash than any other age group. Knowing how important this is, we decided that if we could save a life and spare another family from going through what we went through by simply raising awareness and getting more people to buckle up, it would be well worth the effort. 

Tell us more about Kailee's story. 

Kailee was such an amazing young lady. She had a huge smile and an even bigger heart. Her life was cut short on October 28, 2017. She left our home with three other teenagers and was riding in the backseat, only traveling a mile to a friend's house.  When they got a few blocks away from home, she removed her seat belt to slide over in the backseat to take a selfie. Seconds after the photo was taken, the driver lost control and slid into a culvert, sending the car airborne and rolling. Kailee was ejected and died instantly while her three friends all walked away with no real injuries. We know that if Kailee had her seat belt on she would still be here today.

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Lieutenant Kyle Goble 

Volunteer Cy-Fair FD Station 8

CyFairFD.org

What do you enjoy the most about firefighting?

The years of combined training and experience recently came to a pinnacle moment. My crew and I discovered two victims unconscious inside an active house fire. Relying on our training, we immediately started rescue operations with confidence and efficiency. The combined efforts of fire crews and EMS personnel saved those two victims and allowed them to see another day.

What's the best advice you've ever received? 

The most important advice given to me, which can be applied to fire fighting and daily life, is to never stop learning and striving to become more efficient and skillful. You will never know everything, but that is why it is essential to have team of people who have your back.

What do you love the most about living in Cypress?  

While working with Cy-Fair you get to meet and see the unique Cypress community from a different perspective. You get the privilege to make a child’s day by showing them the fire truck and giving them a positive outlook of the department.

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