We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Todd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Hello! I am Erica Todd and I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas. It is a small town outside of Dallas where everyone knows everyone and Texas High School Football rules Friday nights. My mom and dad play a vital part of who I am today. At a very early age I was taught that there is only one way to work and that is to work hard. A “if you want it you can have it” mindset was at a forefront of what my parents taught me but I needed to remember I had to work for it in order to have it. Witnessing my parents dedication and love that they put into their work really impacted me to live the same way. Working for what I want for myself and my family doesn’t seem like work when I know that I am building something that is going to continue to impact my family. I want my kids to know that you can do anything and be anything as long as you’re willing to work for it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am part owner of WildWood Restoration and The Hoefer House. I am also a 5th grade Reading teacher. Both of our businesses reside in Ennis, Texas but we travel all over to provide our services. WildWood Restoration renovates homes from top to bottom and The Hoefer House is an 112 year old home that we renovated and turned into a Bed & Breakfast. Our businesses took off based off of word of mouth and social media. We are a father/daughter team and really put our heart into our renovations. I think what sets us apart is only having one way to work in mind. We know that the homes we renovate will be a place where sweet memories are made and we want every detail to be perfect. Having your own business is never easy. My dad has had a career in the shingle business for 32 years and I am mom of two boys who also teaches 5th grade Reading. We work through the hiccups but we keep in mind there will always be some. That is what keeps us going and that is truly a good lesson to learn. If we could share anything about our business it is that we do not do it for the money. We do it for our family to have value and standard. We do it so other families see our standard and set the same standard for themselves and their family. We want to leave this place and know we set examples for our kids and their kids. We just want to make the world better one house at a time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would stay in our Historic Hoefer House that is in Downtown Ennis! I would make sure to take her to Don Joses, Fern in the Wild and Alma Smokehouse to eat. We would shop in Downtown Ennis at all the cute mom and pop storefronts because we all know that is where you can find the cutest and unique gifts. I would make sure we spent a few days out at The Range Vintage Trailer Resort to unplug and enjoy the outdoors!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family deserves all the recognition in the world for my successes. To my parents for setting the bar and standard for my work ethic and to my sister for loving me unconditionally, To my husband for always supporting my crazy ideas and to my sons for making me want to do better and be better. My grandma Emma passed away when I was 15 years old and I still ask myself when I do something “I wonder if she would be proud of me?”. I think of her daily and I know she is guiding me in everything I do.
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Top photo of me and my father was taken by CJS Photography all other photos are my own.