Scott Sunkel: A Fresh Start
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
WALNUT CREEK — For Scott Sunkel, getting into the carpet cleaning business may have been an unanticipated move, but it provided him with the fresh start he’d been looking for. “I managed a furniture store for three years, during which time I basically worked seven days a week and had no life,” he recounts. “In the course of looking for a different career, I started cleaning carpets. Even though I fell into it by happenstance, it wasn’t long before I realized that I really enjoyed it.”
Today, as owner of Start Fresh Restoration & Carpet Connoisseurs, Scott says he’s found a sense of balance and fulfillment that had been missing from his prior career. “Running my own business has created a really good balance in my life, and I get a lot of satisfaction from making people happy with the results of my work. When my customers smile, it makes me smile, so everybody’s happy.”
A lifetime resident of Walnut Creek (where he lives with his wife, Tammy), Scott appreciates the close-knit character of his community. “In addition to growing up here myself, this is where my kids grew up, and it was a very positive experience for all of us,” he says. “I feel fortunate to be part of such a conscientious, family-oriented community.”
Outside of work, Scott engages in a variety of active pastimes. “My wife and I do CrossFit, and I’ve recently taken up archery,” he says. “We also like to visit local wilderness areas and go exploring.” Additionally, Scott makes an effort to keep up with his two grown children, Cody and Shauna. “My son is in Denver and my daughter is in Argentina, so we don’t see a whole lot of each other, but we stay close by talking on the phone regularly and visiting at least a couple times a year.”
In regard to his professional career, Scott espouses the virtues of complete transparency. “I make it a point to be open and honest about the way I do business,” he explains. “There’s a lot of deceit in the marketplace, so my customers appreciate the fact that I’m an open book, which has resulted in a lot of repeat business and long-term relationships.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Scott says he would simplify. “I’m a big proponent of simple living, and I believe you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy life, so I’d like to be a little more intentional about that. Another thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time is get more involved with charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity.”
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