Ace Handyman Services opens in Carmel


Vinay Iyer has always had an interest in home improvement and wanted to own his business.

Iyer has found the perfect fit with Ace Handyman Services.

“I’m handy quite a bit around the house and always wanted to start a small business in the area,” said Iyer, who opened his Carmel office Feb. 1.

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Iyer was sold on the fact that the franchise is affiliated with Ace Hardware.

“If you’ve ever been in an Ace Hardware store, it’s a fantastic culture,” Iyer said. “They’re always welcoming. The same culture and brand name is provided with Ace Handyman services.”

Iyer’s service covers all of Hamilton County.

“This is handyman services for home improvement, repair and maintenance,” said Iyer, who has five employees: four craftsmen and an office manager.

“We get referrals from Ace Hardware stores in the area,” Iyer said. “We have a full digital platform we utilize to reach our customers through our website and Facebook.”

A mechanical engineer, Iyer worked 11 years for Cummins in Columbus, Ind.

“I’m a diesel engineer by trade,” he said.

Iyer has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Mysore in India. He came to the U.S. to work for an Indian company with ties to General Electric, Tata Consultancy Services, in Schenectady, N.Y.

“I’ve always wanted to work with engines,” he said. “I’ve always been a gearhead, interested in motorbikes, cars and diesel engines, so I decided I wanted to do a master’s in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, which is one of the top diesel engine programs.”

Iyer, who then earned a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University, has lived in Indiana since 2000, including the past six years in Carmel.

“I have 22 years of corporate experience in engineering, sales and marketing,” he said.

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