"I was blue collar: child labor on a farm, oiler on heavy equipment, aircraft mechanic with the Marines, dozen operator and chief mechanic to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. Today, Mark Stoner gets me going and he will get you going in your business too. He'll help you figure it out and get it launched - and not only blue collar but any business!"
- Story Musgrave
NASA Astronaut, Speaker, Consultant
"A must read for anyone looking to start their own business. Blue Collar Gold challenges the stigma of service businesses, and encourages Americans to think bigger when it comes to the mindset of making money. This book is filled with personal stories and strong takeaways. Stoner inspires readers to become leaders, and open their eyes in order to build their best business from the dirt up!"
- Clay Wolflick
Co Executive Producer of Blue Collar Millionaires
About the Author
Mark Stoner has been in the chimney industry for thirty years. He ran a one-truck company for eighteen years until 2003 when he changed his path and built a multi-million- dollar chimney company only a few years later. Ashbusters Chimney Service currently employs thirty-five people operating sixteen trucks and is currently servicing Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and Charleston, South Carolina.
In a January of 2017 Mark was featured on season two of CNBCs "Blue Collar Millionaires" The Millionaire Chimney Sweep hosted by Tim McGraw and his company Ashbusters Chimney Service is featured in 9 episodes of "Property Brothers" on HGTV in the Nashville area.
Mark has served as the president of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), is the past CSIA vice president and treasurer, and has also served as the National Chimney Sweep Guild Ethics Committee Chairman. Mark enjoys being a keynote speaker for various regional and national organizations and events in service related industries.
Always an entrepreneur, Mark and three close business partners launched SirVent Chimney and Venting Franchise (sir-vent.com) in 2014. Franchises are available throughout the U.S..
In 2015 Mark has also developed, Blue Collar University, an intensive two-day course held in Nashville, designed to help other business owners with their service companies.
Mark was a finalist in the 2012 Nashville NEXT Entrepreneur of the Year award.
In 2016 Mark released his first book, "Blue Collar Gold...how to build a service business from the dirt up" which became an Amazon best seller in 2017.