For over 50 years, the name Monetti and building has gone hand in hand. Tom Monetti is a product of the Monetti construction history as a third generation home builder. In 1948 my grandfather, Louis H. Monetti, my father Lewis and my Uncle Donald, founded L.H. Monetti & Sons Builders. My grandfather, a brilliant man with only an eighth grade education who understood the value of honesty and hard work, saw a need for homes in New Jersey after the war. Working with municipal officials, his vision was to build nicer homes for families for a fair price. These principles were highly successful and well received. Since the very beginning, the name Monetti and building has endured and thrived.
During my youth, I took every opportunity to learn the building business alongside my father. My brothers, uncles, and cousins were always around and heavily involved. The Monetti way was to learn the hard way. My father told me many times, “You can’t tell the mason how to lay a block or finish concrete unless you know how to do it yourself.” So I worked alongside each trade, gaining a well-rounded knowledge of all facets of construction. From the time I was old enough to work, I spent summers and school recesses working for L.H. Monetti & Sons mostly doing the “grunt” work or the work nobody else wanted to do. I was the youngest or the “low man on the totem pole.” As time passed, I eventually was allowed to pick up a hammer and actually follow my father’s footsteps of becoming an accomplished carpenter en route to becoming a builder. Later on, when my father decided it was time to slow down, I relocated to the Jersey Shore where I worked with family again, this time with my uncle and cousin. During this time I honed my skills and gained invaluable experience working on remodeling projects, additions, alterations and new homes along the Jersey Shore.
My experience was about to be taken to another level as I moved from working in the family business to working for a leading national homebuilding firm. I wanted to work on large scale projects and this afforded me the opportunity to do so. The next seven years of my career was spent building hundreds of homes on numerous projects with many receiving awards and accolades on many levels including “Best Single Family Home” and “Community of the Year.” Personally, I was recognized as “Superintendent of the Year” an award that I cherish to this day. As the times changed, so did my career.
My goal then, as it is now is to be well rounded and able to undertake any project that comes my way. After a company change, I worked for a medium sized company that focused on detail and quality which was right in my wheelhouse. Blessed with a vigorous economy the company and I grew quickly. Starting as a Project Manager responsible for one site, I was elevated to Construction Manager, responsible for numerous sites to Director of Construction responsible for all land development, construction and warranty for the company. “Construction Executive of the Year” was awarded in 2004 by the Jersey Shore Builders Association. I created the company’s warranty department and was instrumental in the homes’ designs, project planning, and execution.
After several stepping stones along my career path, I was ready to undertake another challenge and Monetti Homes was created. It was time to get back to my roots, step aside from corporate America and build homes for families the “Monetti way.” My vision has not changed from that of my father and Grandfather over 50 years ago. Whether the project is modest or extravagant, mine and my company’s focus is to build high quality homes that create outstanding value for any budget. Monetti Homes: “A family of fine Builders since 1948.”