Meet the Publisher

I'm Colin Gilboy. Too many website owners and managers are anonymous. You cannot find out who developed the website and who maintains it - or why.

Early in 1996 I saw a need for an Internet directory covering every manufacturer of "specified" construction products. My vision was to provide a complete "yellow-pages" directory for specified products, or as one architect put it, a set of bookmarks that went out of control.

After graduating as a mechanical engineer from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1967, I served as a LTjg in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, working in Vietnam in contract construction for 18 months with the OICC - RVN - in Saigon, Dalat and traveled around much of Vietnam on small projects. After completing a MS in Construction Engineering Management at Stanford in 1971 and receiving a professional engineering license the same year (California - Mechanical) I worked with a family A/E firm in Pennsylvania. I moved back to California in 1975 to establish an independent sales agency selling primarily Division 7 products - roofing and waterproofing and finally firestopping and fireproofing.

In 2000, I folded my independent sales agency and focused on 4specs full time. In 2001, my wife and I moved to Lake Tahoe to ski and play more - while working hard on 4specs. In 2004 we moved to Heber City, Utah and have been enjoying more golf (much less expensive than the Lake Tahoe area) and outrageous skiing at Park City, Powder Mountain and other Utah ski areas.

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