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Meet The Geek
Shannon Latham, born in Paducah, KY, and raised in Olmsted, IL. He currently resides in Metropolis, IL, with his wife and two children. Shannon is a graduate of Century H.S. in Ullin, IL, and attended Shawnee Community College in Ullin, IL for business management. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard and is often quoted as “having a laundry list of bad jobs, bad bosses, and bad decisions.” Examples include a work history as a jailer/juvenile justice employee, casino bartender/hotel manager, business owner/entrepreneur, and more.
“I eventually found a home in the portable building industry, and although it took a while to get there, it has been worth the wait to find something I enjoy so much.”
Shannon has worked as a Procurement Coordinator in the portable building industry, ordering all supplies necessary for shed builders. As a sales manager, he procured potential Retail Specialists and trained them on how to be successful lot owners. He Co-owned/operated 3 different sales locations and currently is the Host/Founder of SHED GEEK PODCAST. Shannon is a Dealer Representative for Smart Pay Rentals, where he operates in 7 different states, helping dealers and manufacturers utilize the simplest RTO program available.
In his leisure time, Shannon is an avid baseball fan, in which he cheers for the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoys drawing, reading, listening to music, and spending time in his portable building/office with his Boxer, Lucy, when he is not on the road meeting new shed family. At home, he spends his time supporting his family and doing yard work. They can often be found out back around the fire pit, soaking up the sunshine in the swing taking in God’s creation.
Shannon and his family attend Brookport Church of God, located in Brookport, IL. He has served and continues to serve as a community service Chaplain by helping those suffering from addiction to attend a faith-based rehabilitation program. He has also previously served by offering prison fellowship to those incarcerated as instructed to; “continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison.” – Hebrews 13:3 (NIV).
“I suppose what makes me a SHED GEEK is that I enjoy learning about sheds. I would have never thought in a million years; I would be so invested in something like a shed. I’ve learned that you cannot separate ministry and work. Therefore, it’s not just the shed itself; it’s the process. From building and hauling to selling and every other area that touches the industry in some way. IT’S THE PEOPLE. That’s really it, the people who make it happen. If you’re doing your job, you’re ministering to them too, right? So that means they are ministering to you also. That’s what has been so cool, learning about them, their shed life experiences; that’s what makes me a SHED GEEK.”
*The place-name Latham was originally derived from the Old Norse word hlathum, which is the plural form of hlath, which means a barn. Therefore, the original bearers of the Latham surname were dwellers at the barns. “not much has changed, I guess.” – Shannon Latham
Kyle Summers was born in DeKalb, IL, and raised in DeKalb, IL, and Brookport, IL. He currently resides in Golconda, IL, with his wife and daughter. Kyle is a graduate of Massac County H.S. located in Metropolis, IL, and acquired a Marketing & Sales degree from Colorado Christian University. Kyle proclaims, “every bit of work experience I’ve had was necessary to prepare me for this moment.”
Kyle brings an array of experience to the shed industry, whereas he has used his crafts for the betterment of the industry. Some of those experiences include retail management, drafting and design, professional surveying services, and more.
“Finding a career that allows me to use my experience is paramount; it brings fulfillment to each steppingstone that got me here, it makes me appreciative for the journey.”
Kyle has worked as a Relationship Manager in the portable building industry, where he launched new Retail locations and trained them to be successful lot owners. As a Director of Marketing, whereas he cast vision for all the companies marketing strategies. As a Sales Manager, he procured potential Retail Specialist and trained them on how to be successful lot owners. He co-owned/operated 3 different locations and currently is the co-host and marketing visionary of SHED GEEK PODCAST. Kyle is a Dealer Representative for Smart Pay Rentals, where he operates in 7 different states, helping dealers and manufacturers utilize the simplest RTO program available.
Kyle is an avid sports fan in his leisure time, cheering on the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and the North Carolina Tarheels. He enjoys playing golf, basketball, and spending time with his family on vacations when he is not exploring shed related opportunities. At home, Kyle and his family can be found entertaining guests, resting on their porch basking in God’s artwork, or spending time together with family and friends around dinner.
Kyle and his family are lifelong members of Brookport Church of God, located in Brookport, IL. He serves in the church by leading praise and worship. He has also served the church by leading the S.H.I.E.L.D group (Serving Him In Every Life Decision), consisting of ministering to college students. Kyle has helped with many aspects of the church, including youth leadership, sound and video, and managing the church’s social media and marketing accounts.
“I’m a SHED GEEK because I’m always thinking about sheds. I go to bed thinking about sheds. I wake up thinking about sheds. I’ve never had this type of desire in another capacity of employment. Those were jobs. Working in the shed industry feels like I’m working in my hobby. I like designing, branding, and discussing shed stuff with shed people. They are just normal down to earth people working in an industry we both love. I guess that’s what makes me a SHED GEEK.”
*Long before he ever knew he would be working in the shed industry; Kyle had unknowingly moved onto Shedville Road where he lives. “I guess I was destined one way or another to be on a path that led to sheds.” -Kyle Summers