Decathlon Construction was founded by Jerry Terry on March 12th, 2003. The decision to start a Construction company was based on Jerry already having a wide array of construction knowledge from growing up around the business (his father was a home builder), and working as a foreman on homes, and also on pole buildings, which are built differently and added a lot of ideas to his construction portfolio.
The name "Decathlon" came from the event that Jerry used to get through college. The Decathlon is a track and field event which encompasses 10 different events into one combined point total. The events are the 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meter run, 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500 meters. In his 8 years of competing in the event, it assured him college tuition, as well as a Patriot league championship and Junior All-American honors. His life during that time was essentially dedicated to the Decathlon, and so he decided to take the name with him into the construction business.
Decathlon started very small. Jerry owned a hatch back Saturn, which could carry some lumber if you let it drag on the ground at the very end. It was Jerry, a car, a small skeleton crew of tools, and a friend from high school who helped out when he was available. With focus, determination and constant goal setting, Decathlon grew, pointed its entire focus on backyard remodeling, and after 10+ years has become the predominant backyard company in the Dallas Metroplex. Jerry attributes the current state of Decathlon to one main factor (there are many factors, but this is the most important): The Golden Rule. As Jerry describes it, if you treat your employees like family, and your customers like friends, then you can build a consistent and rewarding success.
In 2009 the versatility of Decathlon grew a great deal, as Jerry met his future wife and future co-owner and office manager of Decathlon Construction, April Terry. At the time, April was studying political science, but remarked that she was really not sure what to do with it. Light bulbs went off as Jerry realized that dealing with cities, permits, inspectors, and customers could provide a great deal of satisfaction to someone who wants to use their political and people skills. April added another level of customer service and professionalism to Decathlon. It was through April's skills that the company was able to expand further, and provide more services to its customers.
Both the in house teams and the subcontractors for Decathlon have been with the company for many years. It is this consistency of people by which Decathlon can guarantee the quality of its product. After over 10 years and well over 2000 jobs completed, the company has a vast experience level and understanding of what it takes to make all kinds of customers happy. Decathlon Construction is, simply put, the best at what they do, and they take great pride in proving this to their customers.
Decathlon is based in the north Dallas metroplex, and services those cities, including: