Alan Kaiser: Building Fulfillment
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
ST. HELENA — While many contractors cite a particular aspect that initially drew them to the building trade, for Alan Kaiser, there were a number of things that appealed to his young disposition. “While I was in college, I started working for my cousin, who was a very experienced builder,” he relates. “I found construction to be fulfilling on many levels, from working outside to the technical aspects involved, not to mention the simple satisfaction of standing back at the end of the day and seeing the results of my work.” Since founding Kaiser Construction Inc. in 2000, Alan has continued to find fulfillment in the versatile nature of his work.
While he still lives in the same county where he was born, Alan’s is not a tale of small-town stasis, as he spent the bulk of his young life abroad. “My dad worked for the Navy, so we moved around a lot when I was a kid,” he explains. “I actually lived in Central America for a number of years. However, no matter where we ended up, we always returned to Napa County.” Having established his local roots for good, Alan now resides in St. Helena, where he says he appreciates the town’s unique character. “It’s a very active, thriving community, so there’s always a lot going on, but it’s also managed to retain its small town feel. There aren’t a lot of places left in California like it.”
In addition to being a business owner, Alan owns a sprint car racing team, to which he devotes much of his time outside of work. “I’ve been doing automobile racing all my life, and it continues to be a passion of mine,” he says. “We’ve had some topnotch guys drive for our team, and we’ve actually won a lot of races, so it’s been a fun ride.” When he’s not at the race track, Alan enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Diana, and his soon-to-be stepchildren, James and Amanda.
In his life and career, Alan espouses the currency of the age-old golden rule. “I strive to treat others how I would like to be treated,” he affirms. “In addition to my own personal values, I think it’s true that what goes around comes around, which is why I make it a priority to deal fairly and honestly with everyone I meet.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Alan says he’d take a vacation before returning to tackle a long-deferred home improvement project. “I think the first thing I’d do is take my family on a trip to Hawaii. Afterward, I’d get started on a project I’ve been planning for a while: building another house on my property.”
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco Giants.
Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Probably hitting about 165 miles per hour while racing.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: La Prima Pizza in St. Helena.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio. I particularly enjoy the Armstrong & Getty Show.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving—it’s a time to get together with family, relax and enjoy a long weekend.