After 25 years of remodeling in Plano, Texas, Dana and Scott Jurak (Big50 1991) have left the United States for the crystal beaches of Turks and Caicos. After visiting the Caribbean islands during a scuba diving trip, the couple built a two-unit villa on the island of Providenciales. Their plan was to pursue their scuba diving hobby and rent it to other vacationers. But the pull of the islands was strong. “We decided to take on an adventure and try our hands at doing the same thing that we have been doing here for so long ... on an island,” Dana says.
Scott moved to the island first, almost one year ago, to set up a new company and build a townhouse that would serve as their home and a model home for their 19-unit speculative development.
Meanwhile, back in Texas, Scott's brother Dean has taken over as president of Jurak Remodeling. He is a co-owner and worked as production manager for 15 years. Dana and Scott communicate with Dean almost every day using VoIP, or voice over Internet protocol. Dana says having a family member running the company is very comforting. “It's scary to stop doing something you've been doing for 25 years,” she says. “But in Plano, we were successful in a difficult market. We treat people well and that has paid off for us,” Dana says.