13 Feb 2014
“Catch a Contractor” – Skip and Alison Bedell Biographies
Skip Bedell is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor. His love for building began at a very early age as he watched and learned carpentry skills from his grandfather and father, both master craftsman who had built some of Long Island’s earliest homes. In addition, the family lived on a marina they owned, Bedell’s Boat Yard, and Skip grew up watching his grandfather build everything from boats to furniture in the wood shop, and thus began his affinity for hand tools and the smell of fresh saw dust. With Skip being a quick study, he soon learned to build as a teenage apprentice and began working on hundreds of homes. It was these earliest jobs where he acquired his vast knowlege of the trades, working under master carpenters, licensed electricians, plumbers and masons.
During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Skip worked in all aspects of home renovation while attending college, where he studied business, and eventually pursued a career in financial planning in the mid 1990’s. However, his love for construction kept calling to him and he eventually had to listen. He put down the pencil and picked up the hammer, returning to construction in the late 1990’s. In the early 2000’s, he obtained his license to be a Home Improvement Contractor, and began running his own business. It wasn’t long before his company had multiple crews working on homes; old and new, large and small.
Skip’s knowlegeable and friendly persona landed him roles in local television commercials for building products, e-learning modules, and a holiday gift segment on NBC’s Today show demonstrating tools with Vanessa Rae.
Skip continues to run his own home improvement business, Big Dog Building and Remodeling, Inc., specializing in all aspects of interior and exterior home remodeling. He particularly finds pleasure in building things where he can express his creative edge and make things from raw materials into things of beauty. He finds nothing more rewarding than being able to complete a homeowner’s dream and transform the unsightly into a work of art.
A New York native, Skip lives on Long Island with his wife, Alison, and their many pets. He also has a 16 year-old son, Jesse. When not working on other people’s homes, he enjoys renovating the home that he and Alison recently purchased, and is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys time in the gym. Skip has also been an avid biker for the last 30 years, and enjoys long, scenic rides on his Harley.
Alison Bedell is a licensed Private Investigator who got her sleuthing experience while working as a Probation Officer; a career she began in 2007 that she continues in today. Some of the skills she acquired in that career which carry into her PI work include tracking absconders, record searches, surveillance, working undercover and apprehending subjects. While on the job, she has earned a Distinguished Pistol Expert bar, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award for DWI arrests and a County Legislature’s Probation Officer of the Month award. Prior to her career in law enforcement, she worked in County Personnel for a number of years. Ultimately she decided that she wanted to serve the public by combining use of her Bachelors in Psychology and her love of law enforcement, where she can “correct and protect”.
A New York native, Alison resides on Long Island with her husband, Skip, and their many pets. When she isn’t investigating offenders, she enjoys being a biker chick riding on a Harley with Skip, playing with their cats and dogs, vegetable gardening and making her own jewelry.