DALLAS—Hockey players everywhere are hitting the ice a little harder this month as the world gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Local business owners Anthony Natale and John Egnatis, co-founders of Dallas-Grenadier Homes, are no exception.
Natale and Egnatis have been playing hockey together since childhood. They met in the 1960s, when the Egnatis family needed a home built in Toronto, Canada. Natale’s father, Nick, built that home in his neighborhood. The boys quickly became close friends, frequently playing ice hockey together on nearby Grenadier pond. The experience had a major impact on them, and they created Grenadier Homes with that in mind – to make a positive difference in people’s lives through home-building.
“Hockey has been a driving force in both our lives. Through it, we’ve forged many meaningful relationships, and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and the world around us. When we built our business, we used those lessons as cornerstones, and we continue to use them every day,” stated Natale in a press release.
Some of those integral lessons include: integrity, teamwork, imagination, discipline, civic responsibility and passion. All of which are a part of the Grenadier Homes culture and have helped make the business successful, added Egnatis. “Hockey teaches you to work hard, act with integrity, have a winning attitude and do your best. You have to be committed to excellence, and you have to learn how to work together to accomplish a worthwhile goal. Because Anthony and I can work together as a good team, we’ve been able to build a great company.”
Today, Natale and Egnatis continue to play hockey together as teammates on Blue Steel, which competes in the Senior Stars Hockey League (SSHL) – the official adult hockey league of the Dallas Stars. Egnatis serves as a left wing for Blue Steel, and Natale is a defenseman.
Grenadier Homes designs and builds semi-custom and custom single-family homes, patio homes and town homes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.grenadierhomes.com.