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Sawdust in the veins

Scott Beane '98 doesn't like to take no for an answer.

So when he and his wife wanted to build their first home and a contractor wouldn't do what they asked, Beane got his contractor's license and built their home himself.

While he was a business student at UNCG, he knew he wanted to be a small business owner but had no idea what kind of business. Now he's the owner of Beane Construction, a company that specializes in custom home building.

“I love it,” he says. “I've got sawdust in my veins, that's for sure.”

Lately, he's been giving his time and resources to building a home for a veteran who suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down during his deployment in Afghanistan six years ago.

Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit agency that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans, purchased the land and Beane, along with a group of volunteers, is providing the labor and expertise.

He expects to have the home finished by late summer.

“My father served in the military for nine years,” Beane says. “I feel like I missed my opportunity to serve. This is a way to give back.”

He gives back in other ways as well, such as helping build the Miracle Field League of the Triad, a speciality field for physically and mentally challenged youth.

It's important to him because he has strong family roots in High Point. “And I really enjoy seeing people realize their dreams,” he says.

He's come a long way from his college lawn mowing business. Even then he went above and beyond, hanging screen doors or doing needed roof repairs.

But building homes is what he was meant to do.

“There's something about a home,” he says. “You don't appreciate your home until you build one for someone else.”

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