Dean Esposito Attempts to Rebuild Teens with a Hammer

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Dean Esposito, owner of construction company Tool Box that specializes in residential building, launches a new summer program designed to motivate teens to work hard and refrain from trouble.

This is a great method for local young men and women to get some hands-on experience in construction. In addition, it keeps them active and out of trouble.

Quite soon local construction sites will transform to include slightly leaner, shorter and younger builders.

City of Coral Springs announced in a flier sent to local residents that Dean Esposito, a local resident and owner of construction firm Tool Box, has begun accepting applications to join his summer outreach program. The program is designated for 15-18 teenagers interested in construction.

“This is a great method for local young men and women to get some hands-on experience in construction," said Dean Esposito. "In addition, it keeps them active and out of trouble."

Dean Esposito, 58, received ownership of Tool Box when his father passed away a decade ago. Since then he has transformed the once petite firm to a well-established city business. Tool Box specializes in residential construction and employs about 40 contractors.

"We are a prominent business in this community and it is important to me to contribute in some manner," Dean Esposito said.

The summer program begins a week after the students begin their summer vacation and lasts until July 30. Applicants are asked to fill out an application and arrive at Tool Box for an interview, if Dean Esposito finds the candidate motivated and capable he will then ask for a medical form to be filled out by the teens family doctor. Once all paperwork is completed, the candidate will receive their yellow hard hat and tool belt.

"I ordered 80 yellow hats and already received 160 applications, it's crazy," Dean Esposito said.

"Students tend to sit at home and watch television," said JP Taravella English teacher Mary Greenberg, "programs that cause them to move and keep busy are very important."

The teens will complete tasks from hammering a nail to grading and preparing the site to drywall to roofing. All the teens will be supervised and paired with an experienced contractor.

"The program serves two hats – one, the students learn from the experienced guys and second, they themselves will experience the great satisfaction of a tough labor day," Dean Esposito said.

About Dean Esposito
Dean Esposito, 58, is a lifelong resident of Coral Springs, Florida. A graduate of UF with a degree in construction, he has three children and is married to his beloved wife, Mary, for 32 years. Tool Box was originally established in 1987 by Dean Esposito senior.

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