Not many people can drive around the Chautauqua region and point out their work, but Steve Shelters can.
“To drive around town and see buildings and projects we’ve worked on over the past seven years we’ve been in business, it’s really cool,” said Shelters, who lives in Kennedy with his family.
A graduate of Falconer Central School and Alfred State, Shelters earned his degree in building construction and has been the owner and project manager of Aces Up Construction of WNY, Inc. since 2008.
“When I was a kid (my parents) did a lot of remodeling around the house, and we always had fun doing it, so I turned that into a career,” he said.
Specializing in general construction, Shelters has completed new buildings, siding projects, kitchen and bathroom remodels and handicapped bathrooms, to name a few of their jobs. Shelters has also worked on projects with the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation.
“Getting to work with a lot of different people in the community has been very rewarding, especially when we get the chance to work on special projects for the elderly or handicap facilities,” Shelters said.
For students who may be interested in learning a trade, Shelters thinks it’s a great idea. He said there are always opportunities to find work and be able to provide for your family. He also mentioned it may provide the chance for people to return to, or stay in, the area.
“I like this area and if I can have a good business here and if other young people can start businesses here, who knows what can happen.”
This is part of a series focusing on students who have received scholarship assistance from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and returned to, or stayed in, the area to live and work. If you were a scholarship recipient and want to share your story, contact Sarah Marciniak 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current high school seniors or college students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities available through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation can learn more here. Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 school- year and are due June 1.