Jim Dowling, Trustee
My first introduction to construction was working in a bingo equipment factory making parts in a woodshop and here I discovered I loved working with wood. I moved to California in 1982 and landed a job at a cabinet making shop where my carpentry career began. In 1998, I opened Dowling Construction Inc. because I was tired of working for other people and a good friend encouraged me to venture out on my own. I had 12 years of tenant improvement work under my belt and felt it was a good niche to get into.
Why Join the Foundation?
I have sat on the Board of Trustees for the Jamul/Delzura School District for many years and have been involved in promoting civic education. Now that I don’t have any kids in the district, I want to transition into introducing/promoting today’s youth into construction careers and think the Foundation’s partnership with NAWIC San Diego have produced the best programs to do so. I want to make a difference.
Words of wisdom for youth: College isn’t for everyone. Debt is for no one. Construction careers RULE!