Turning his ship around is something that comes naturally to Jeremi Jablonski , who describes himself first and foremost as a sailor and a skier. But to the cognoscenti, the name Jablonski is synonymous with luxury custom homes.
Jeremi arrived in New Canaan from his native Poland almost 30 years ago, looking for the American dream. The fact that his girlfriend (now his wife), Bozena , was in New Canaan doubtless had something to do with it, too. Im a third generation builder, says Jeremi, explaining that his father and grandfather were both engineers back in Poland.
When he first arrived in the United States, Jeremi worked for an architect, but knew he wanted to be his own boss. I was fortunate, he says. I met a high-profile business executive who supported me through my first project. He must have done a sterling job because he was booked solid for the next three years. Thats how I started, he smiles.
For many years Jablonski Associates specialized in building luxury custom and spec homes in New Canaan and Greenwich. The spec homes all sold quickly, a testament to the fine detail and craftsmanship that is a trademark of his work. But with the market for spec houses a thing of the past, Jablonski Associates now builds only custom homes. Ive turned the ship around, he says.
One of the reasons for Jeremis success is his strong business ethic. My clients expect their home construction project to run as smoothly as their business, he explains. He has worked with one client for five years, first building a custom Colonial in New Canaan, then a beach house on Long Island and most recently a home in Boca Raton.
The intensity with which Jablonski approaches his work extends to his hobbies, too. And hes always up for a challenge. Last year, he sailed his yacht single-handed in a regatta around Long Island. It was over 200 miles, he says. Theyve invited me back this year so I guess I did OK.
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