Richard Garcia: Handy as They Come
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
When asked how he came to be involved in the construction field, Richard Garcia says it was a natural result of his innate inclination. “I’ve always been mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with my hands, so it just made sense for me to be interested in construction and repair. I started working for a local contractor when I was in high school, and after I graduated, I got into the millwrights union, which is a division of the carpenters union. Eventually, after working for the same company for 25 years, I decided to go out on my own and get my contractor’s license.”
Today, as owner of Premier Construction & Home Services, Richard says he appreciates the freedom that comes with running his own business. “Besides allowing me to make my own hours, being my own boss enables me to give my clients the very best service and workmanship. Whatever my clients are trying to do, I love helping them achieve it and giving them positive experiences and quality products.”
A resident of Livermore (where he lives with his wife, Estella), Richard enjoys taking advantage of the Bay Area’s diverse landscape. “My main hobby is fly-fishing, which I like to do as often as I can at spots like the Russian River and Yuba River,” he says. Richard also enjoys pastimes like wine tasting, gardening and spending time with family, including his stepchildren, Marlena and Jordan, and step-grandchild, Ethan.
In his life and career, Richard espouses the residual rewards that come from lending a helping hand. “At the end of the day, I like knowing that I was able to help someone in need,” he says. “For me, being in business is not just about making money; it’s about being satisfied with my work. I get great satisfaction from performing the work itself and helping people in their homes.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Richard says he’d pursue his favorite hobby in a new setting. “The first thing I would do is go on a vacation to Christmas Island. It has oceans that go for miles with knee-deep water, which are the perfect conditions for fly-fishing.”
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Jose Sharks.
Q: What’s your favorite band?
A: It’s a tie between Coldplay and U2.
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Spring, because I get to spend time in my garden.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?