A William (Bill) Benitez
Working hard has been part of my life since age 12 when I began spending my summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings in Tampa. By age 19 I contracted to build someone’s home and built my own home by age twenty. After spending several years building and remodeling homes and buildings I worked for local government managing federally-
Writing, Publishing and Consulting
I did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country and established the Rehab Notes Library to publish books and a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) on housing with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England..
I wrote and published nine guidebooks on how-to create and manage federally funded housing rehabilitation programs. My business did well for a while but ran into problems in 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities. After the consulting stopped coming in and newsletter and book sales slowed down, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.
Over Twenty Years of Woodworking
For over twenty years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing and publishing books about my experiences. This was before the advent of POD (print-on-demand) and every book required a significant front end investment.
In 2007 my wife Barbara wrote a wonderful chapter book for children entitled Lottie’s Adventure ( http://lottiesadventure.com ) but experienced difficulty finding a publisher. Because I already had publishing experience I decided to publish the book for her. I learned about POD and started my publishing company, Positive Imaging, LLC and her book was our first. Since then I’ve written and published 8 books and several ebooks and also published 10 books for other authors for a total of 18 paperback books. Presently I have several books in various levels of completion. Click HERE to check out some of Positive Imaging books.
Almost 20 years ago we purchased a word processor to help Barbara with her writing and it was a poor investment so we purchased a computer. This worked well for her until the computer experienced glitched and we called a computer repair company. After two hours and a bill for $160 they couldn’t fix the computer. Back then computers came with a large book of instructions and documentation so I read the book and fixed the problem. A few months later we experienced the same issue with another computer repair company and after a $200 fee the computer was functional but it was also a mess and I had to reconfigure everything so Barbara could use it. That’s when I decided to learn about computers. I used home study to first acquire A+ certification and then got a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification. I got a job as the IT Manager for the Hyatt Regency in Austin where I had been the on site woodworker for over 4 years and have been in that job for over 15 years.
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances. We have three adult children, eight grand-