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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Bay Area – Fences CATEGORY

Julian Meza is project manager of Meza’s Fence, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 692-5976 or by email.

Julian Meza

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Julian Meza: Fencing Pride

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — When asked how he got into the fencing industry, Julian Meza says he was simply raised in it. “My father, Julian Sr., has been in the industry since the late ’80s. My brother, Juan Carlos, and I grew up going with him to jobsites and learning the trade. As we got older, he would send us to pick up lumber or have us handle smaller projects. In 2000, he founded Meza’s Fence, and we’ve been working here since the beginning.”

Today, as project manager of Meza’s Fence, Julian says his favorite part of his job is the variety. “With fencing, every day brings something different, which keeps things interesting. Plus, the Bay Area is a very diverse place, so you never know where you’re going to be or who’s home you’ll be working at.”

A resident of San Jose, Julian spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “I like lifting weights, hanging out with friends and cruising in my 2016 Camaro,” he details. “I also enjoy traveling—I try to take time off throughout the year just to get away and recharge my batteries.” Additionally, Julian says he enjoys educating himself. “I do a lot of random research, whether on work-related topics or just current events in the news. That way, when I’m talking with a friend or a client, I always have something to contribute to the conversation.”

In his life and professional career, Julian expresses his pride at being part of his family’s business venture. “My family has worked really hard during the last 20 years to get Meza’s Fence to where it is today,” he explains. “When we started, my dad was working out of an old 1975 pickup truck; today, we have an entire fleet of work vehicles. It’s very satisfying to see the progress we’ve made and enjoy that success together as a family. I feel motivated to work hard every day and give my all, because I know it’s not just me—it’s us.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Julian says he’d buy some beachside property. “I would probably move out of San Jose and go live somewhere by the beach. One thing’s for sure: I wouldn’t miss the traffic!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: An early bird.

Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

A: Ghostface from the movie “Scream.”

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Mi Linda Michoacana in San Jose. They have the best menudo around.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Dubai.

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The San Francisco 49ers.

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Understanding Redwood Fencing Grades

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SAN JOSE — Redwood is known for being one of the best natural wood fencing materials available. However, since it comes in varying grades of quality, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting when you hire a fence builder. Here… Read more

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Video: Differentiating Redwood Fence Materials

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to install a redwood fence, it’s important to realize that not all redwood is of the same quality. Today… Read more

Bob Easley is owner of California Fencing, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (415) 689-6024 or by email.

Bob Easley

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Bob Easley: Building Trust

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAFAEL — When asked to reflect on his career as a fence builder, Bob Easley spares the glitz and glitter. Chalk it up to modesty, but after four decades of satisfying customers, he has a lot to be proud of. “In 1974, I was 18 and needed a job, so I became an apprentice with a fence builder,” he recounts. “After a couple of years, I figured I could do it on my own, so I went into business for myself. Forty years later, here I am—call it a life sentence. Building fences is hard work, but the longer you do it, the better you get at it, so I have that going for me.”

Today, as owner of California Fencing, Bob says his favorite part of his job is seeing the fruits of his labor. “After all the work that goes into building a fence, it’s rewarding to see the final product. I’ll often return to a jobsite two or three weeks after completing the project, and I’m always impressed by what my guys and I were able to accomplish.”

A resident of Novato (where he lives with his wife, Debra), Bob spends the bulk of his free time recuperating from his demanding livelihood. “By the end of the week, I’m usually pretty wiped out, so I like to spend my weekends resting and relaxing,” he says. “If I have the energy, I’ll play a round of golf or do something with my family. Debra and I have two grown kids and a three-year-old grandson, so we enjoy spending time with them.” Bob also enjoys traveling on occasion, whether to nearby spots like Lake Tahoe or international destinations like Europe.

When asked the secret to his long-term success in business, Bob says it’s all about trust. “I learned early on that if you tell a customer you’re going to do something, you’d better do it. It’s very simple, but it eliminates a lot of problems. When you’re working on someone’s property, trust is a big deal, so I try to build trust with every client and follow through on what I promised.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Il Davide in San Rafael.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Washington, D.C.

Q: What’s your favorite type of tree?
A: The Monterey Cypress.

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Do You Really Need to Stain Your Redwood Fence?

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SAN RAFAEL — Many homeowners stain their redwood fences because they think it will preserve the wood and extend the fence’s lifespan, but this is a misconception. The reality is stain has a purely aesthetic function that doesn’t affect the integrity of… Read more

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Video: Should You Stain Your Redwood Fence?

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SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: Many homeowners stain their redwood fences, but is this always necessary? To find out, we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert… Read more

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