Tile and reclaimed wood , love creating new things and combining different materials together . Nothing like sanding down an old reclaimed beam and bring it back to life.
Three words that people closest to you would use to describe you?
Hard working , creative and loyal.
Who are your biggest influencers?
I don't have any, I'm too busy, wish I did!
Is what you are doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?
Not really. My track into this profession was very spontaneous. I got tired of sitting at home when commodity training became digital and few of my buddies in the construction business saw a fit for me and I thought it would work out! Obviously it did, and here I am handling design projects from start to finish and seeing my visions for the spaces through.
Who are your heroes?
Anyone that works hard and gets to reap the rewards for their hard work. I’ve realized that I can use my abilities to help others. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy I helped 12 families renovate their houses, I helped some older couples get their houses back in liveable conditions. It’s a great feeling seeing the results of your hard work and seeing it have a more meaningful impact on others’ lives.
Words to live by?
To be successful comes with sacrifice. This is extremely important to me as I dedicate 90% of my time to my job--I’m a workaholic. If I’m not dedicating my time to Diablo, I’m spending as much time as I can with my family.
What are some of your interests?
I really like mountain biking, spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports on my days off and of course a Sunday Cigar. I’m also really close with my crew at Diablo--they’re like my family. We have a mutual understanding of who does what and our relationships to each other; i’m not their boss, i’m their friend who leads the projects.
What do you do?
President, Contractor and Designer for Diablo Demolition & Construction. I handle more of the visual design aspects at Diablo. The design aspect is not about the labor processes, it’s about the results--the result is what people see and can fully understand. I have a background in finance trading so I’m used to high-stress environments and being forced to roll with the punches in many situations which definitely helps in the ever changing environment of contracting and design.