About Bill (Papa)

A William (Bill) Benitez

Working hard has been part of my life since age 12 when I began spending my summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings in Tampa. By age 19 I contracted to build someone’s home and built my own home by age twenty. After spending several years building and remodeling homes and buildings I worked for local government managing federally-funded housing programs. That was interesting and challenging work but I’ve always preferred to do my own thing so I left to do consulting and writing about housing. 

Writing, Publishing and Consulting

I did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country and established the Rehab Notes Library to publish books and a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) on housing with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England..

I wrote and published nine guidebooks on how-to create and manage federally funded housing rehabilitation programs. My business did well for a while but ran into problems in 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities. After the consulting stopped coming in and newsletter and book sales slowed down, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.

Over Twenty Years of Woodworking

For over twenty years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing and publishing books about my experiences. This was before the advent of POD (print-on-demand) and every book required a significant front end investment.

I retired from the woodworking business in 1998 but I continued to build wood projects and do extensive home improvements at our home. I built myself a small shop behind our home and have continued to improve it over the years. It appears on the first page of this blog. All of the work shown in this blog was done or built using that small shop space. Check out http://homejobs.billbenitez.com/ to see just a few of the jobs I did for our home.

Positive Publishing

In 2007 my wife Barbara wrote a wonderful chapter book for children entitled Lottie’s Adventure ( http://lottiesadventure.com ) but experienced difficulty finding a publisher. Because I already had publishing experience I decided to publish the book for her. I learned about POD and started my publishing company, Positive Imaging, LLC and her book was our first. Since then I’ve written and published 8 books and several ebooks and also published 10 books for other authors for a total of 18 paperback books. Presently I have several books in various levels of completion. Click HERE to check out some of Positive Imaging books.

Computer Experience

Almost 20 years ago we purchased a word processor to help Barbara with her writing and it was a poor investment so we purchased a computer. This worked well for her until the computer experienced glitches and we called a computer repair company. After two hours and a bill for $160 they couldn’t fix the computer. Back then computers came with a large book of instructions and documentation so I read the book and fixed the problem. A few months later we experienced the same issue with another computer repair company and after a $200 fee the computer was functional but it was also a mess and I had to reconfigure everything so Barbara could use it. That’s when I decided to learn about computers. I used home study to first acquire A+ certification and then got a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification. I got a job as the IT Manager for the Hyatt Regency in Austin where I had been the on site woodworker for over 4 years and remained on that job for 16 years until I retired in January of 2016.

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances.