“I realized a remarkable outcome, of a casual...discussion, with a stranger...over a cup of coffee. While talking about ...my Ford Dealership, I mentioned...to an acquaintance that I needed a new building but could not find a place to build [it]...I did not have the funds readily available and I had a building that I grew out of that...needed to be sold. Next to me was a man who...took out a pencil and...a napkin and began taking notes and sketching...[the] type of building he heard me [talking about]. He asked me to lay out...my ‘wish list’ ... He sketched a...building that...looked like a dream then – [but] is now my expanded dealership.
Art found a piece of land that was an island – we elevated the site and built on it. He...assisted in the design/build effort to make this project successful...he helped arrange funding, he negotiated with...the Design/Build firm, he arranged assistance in selling our old building and moving major equipment from the old structure to our new site. If a man by the name of Art House walks up to you with a pencil and a napkin and draws a building for you – you should start planning to move into it.” - Ken Carpenter, President of Ken Carpenter Ford (The full text) -------------------------------------------------------- "Necessity breeds vision. In a small NH town of about 2,000 people and no home delivery of mail, there was a need for a new Post Office. Two sites were available nearby. Art structured the purchase of both. One was a mountain and the other a ravine. We moved the mountain to the ravine and built a Post office and a Mini-Plaza. Even though banks were not issuing construction loans during the banking restructuring days, he got the project 100% financed based on the PO lease that he negotiated on our behalf. Art advertised for tenants and arranged to help start their busineses and get them financing (SBA). We filled the entire building with new and complementing businesses, started a convenience store with entrance arches that had to be walked through to get to the PO. We owned the store - fully designed and outfitted by Art's client Associated Grocers of Manchester, NH. When completed, we sold the building 100% leased, while at the same time local plazas were 60% vacant. What more can one ask for?" - Dartmouth College Highway Plaza, NH (The full text)