A helpful and concerned father-in-law offered Chris Corley this advice, “Learn a trade and you’ll never be without a job.” Following up on that advice, Chris applied, and was selected for, a plumbing apprenticeship with the Oklahoma City Plumbers union. “It was one of the best life decisions I’ve made,” says Chris. The Corley family eventually relocated to Greenville and in 1986, with an investment from his father, Chris decided to start his own company.
Over the next few years, Chris was motivated by providing for his wife and children, who as he says, “put a strong emphasis on having a roof over their head and expected to eat every day.” No job was ever turned down, and at one point, he was working full time during the day on one project and completing another in the middle of the night. Every time he wanted to throw in the towel, someone came along to offer work. Today, Corley Plumbing Air Electric, Inc. is a thriving family owned small business that serves residents of Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Chris considers himself fortunate to work with such a great group of dedicated men and women at Corley.
Chris enjoys “all things outdoors” and loves living in the upstate of South Carolina. He is married to Donna and declares himself a “blessed man”. Both he and Donna have experienced the pain of losing a former spouse and declares that they are fortunate to have found each other. Together they have 5 children and as of last count, 11 grandchildren.
(dancing with Misty Renfro)