My dad, who was a member of the boilermakers local in San Francisco Ca and then local 549 Pittsburg CA, encouraged me to learn a skilled trade after high school. The encouragement worked and I took entrance tests for apprenticeship programs. In 2002 at the age of 18, I started the Plumbers Pipefitters Apprenticeship program with local 442. I went to school 2 nights a week in Stockton and Modesto and got on the job training for 5 years. I lived in Tuolumne County and commuted to work and school in the valley. I worked at jobs for MID power plant in Modesto, Lorena Felasco school in Los Banos, Cottage bakery in Lodi, Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, Kaiser hospital Modesto, Oak Valley hospital in Oakdale and many more while serving my apprenticeship. After serving my apprenticeship I was field foreman on my first job out at Keyes ethanol plant, I also worked at Gallo wine in Livingston, Saint Joseph’s hospital in Stockton, UC Merced and Jackson Rancheria and hotel. I started in business on my own with years of high level training and experience under my belt in 2013.
As much as I enjoy my work the most important things to me are my wife and three kids. I’ve lived in Sonora pretty much my whole life and like to spend extra time hiking, and fishing mountain lakes or streams, mountain biking and cruising in my CJ7 with the top off.