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John Gursoy

Owner and Chief Executive Officer

TJ Construction

HQ Phone:  (780) 425-5530

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TJ Construction

15889 - 116 Ave Nw

Edmonton, Alberta,T5M 3W1

Canada

Company Description

TJ Construction is a transparent and honourable company. All TJ Constructions employees have complete background checks as your comfort and safety is our utmost concern. All TJ Constructions employees have positive attitudes, many years of construction experie...more

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Executive Team | TJ Construction

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John Gursoy
Owner/CEO Construction Specialist


The Biography of John Gursoy | TJ Construction

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The Biography of John Gursoy
John Gursoy was born in 1980, in Giresun, Turkey. When he turned 8 years old he worked for his father's successful construction company answering phones, performing office duties and doing labor on job sites for his father daily and on weekends when he wasn't going to school. He worked for his father until he was 19 years old. In Turkey, it's mandatory that all males at the age of 19 must enlist in the Turkish Army and serve for 2 years. The base where he served and trained was over 6,000 kilometers from home. The army gave John a life experience that he will never forget. It was a hard life. He learned to be strong and not to give up easily. Two months before his tour of duty was up he and some of his army buddies were talking and one said "John, in America there are lots of jobs and lots of girls. There is so much opportunity there. And this was something that John considered. When John was discharged he returned home. He told his father that he wanted to go to America and seek out his own fortune. His father was not pleased with his decision as he felt it was John's responsibility to take over the family business and to support his siblings and his family. However John was determined and to his father's disappointment he said goodbye and arrived in the United States in 2001. He arrived in Connecticut. John was definitely out of his element. He could not speak one word of English. But his first course of action was to apply to become a U.S. legal immigrant. Within 2 weeks of arrival he found a job in a restaurant working as a prep cook and dishwasher. He jokes that his English was so poor that when coworkers would ask for a fork he would bring them a frying pan and that his lack of communication was not just frustrating to him, it was very frustrating to his coworkers. He worked on his English every night. Teaching himself the language. As he developed his English he took on another part time job delivering pizzas. In October of 2003, it was time for John to be heard in court and to apply to become a U.S. Citizen. The court appointed lawyer, informed him that his stay in the U.S. was limited and he would not likely get to stay and he would be deported after the hearing. John had a translator and said to the judge that he would leave the country and John was granted a 2 week extension. John immediately applied to Canada and left through Boston and arrived in Ft. Erie, Ontario. He felt welcomed by Canada and fell in love with Canada immediately. However, he was told again that becoming a Canadian Citizen would be a very long process and he may be deported again. John moved to Toronto, Ontario. He quickly connected with a Turkish Community and found a job and a place to live. John will lament that this is where he truly gained some rich life experience. He started working for a Turkish Flooring Sub-Contractor. He refers to him as the Master. "My Master would pick me up at 6 a.m. to work and then drop me off at 3 a.m., he paid me $60 a day and one sandwich as my meal". Even though John had opportunity to go elsewhere, John knew that his Master was the best, picky and meticulous and he would learn more from him than anyone else. So John worked for him for 2 years straight. Eventually his Master gave him $90 a day. After 2 years with his Master John felt more comfortable with his English all though he would tell you now that he was only at 35% of grasping the common language. It was then he decided confident enough to break out on his own. He bought himself a beat up GMC Extended Cargo Van, bought enough tools to get him by and then approached the bank. He asked for a financing Manager and showed her the van, his tools and asked for some financing so he could operate his business. They awarded him a very small loan and credit line. With that small loan he bought more tools and immediately applied to a flooring company as a subcontractor. The first job impressed the company so much that he was never out of work. He will say "the first cheque I got from them was $8,000.00. That was the most money I had seen since I left Turkey". He stayed one more year in Toronto before leaving to Alberta in 2008. Alberta became very good to John. He took up flooring again and saw great success. But John was about to have another life learning experience. In 2009, John decided that he was to go into business of his own and he opened a flooring store. It failed outside of a year and he had to shut his doors. This devastated him. Finding himself broke, homeless and not a friend in sight he decided to not give up. He picked himself back up and started to find jobs again. This humbled John, he realized that he didn't know enough about Canadian business and culture. So he once again became determined to learn. Late 2010, John opened TJ Construction. He took all the mistakes that he learned from and put it to practice. Since then he has grown this company to what it is today. He became a Canadian Citizen in 2014 and then married a beautiful woman who loves and supports him.


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