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Gary Kluck is a veteran of the home improvement industry and CEO of Quality First Home Improvement, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (877) 297-8594 or by email.

Gary Kluck

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Gary Kluck: On the Upbeat

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CITRUS HEIGHTS – Gary Kluck has a lot on his plate. Between managing a home improvement company with more than 180 employees to singlehandedly running a household, it’s easy to think the stress might get to him now and then. However, Gary says maintaining a positive outlook goes a long way toward achieving both inner peace and outward success. “I’m a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy. I have a very upbeat personality, so when I do get stressed, I just stay calm and look at the positives of the situation, and pretty soon I’m back to normal.”

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Gary got his start in the construction industry at an early age. “I began working for my father when I was about 12 years old,” he remembers. “He was in home improvement and did a lot of concrete work and rough framing. I started out doing mostly grunt work, but I continued to learn and develop my skills, and I’ve been immersed in it ever since.”

Gary’s westward migration began in the early 1980s and included a five-year stint working in Colorado before he eventually reached Northern California. When the company he had been working for went bankrupt following a change of ownership, Gary reached out for advice on his next move. “I called the original owner of the business and asked him what I should do next,” he recalls. “He said, ‘Go do your own thing.’ I took his advice and started my own company, and it was the best decision I ever made.” Today, nearly a decade later, Quality First Home Improvement, Inc. is going strong with Gary at the helm.

In addition to running a business, Gary is employed as a full-time father and homemaker, raising his youngest of four daughters while his wife, Tamara, is pursuing her own career out-of-state. “A few years back, my wife decided to go to medical school to become a physician,” he explains. “She’s actually in Pennsylvania doing her residency right now, so I’m kind of like Mr. Mom for the next couple years.” Though his responsibilities keep him busy, Gary does find time to play golf with his friends on a regular basis. He also takes advantage of the occasional opportunity to get away from it all. “We have a cabin up at Eagle Lake, and we like to go out there to do some boating and fishing and just enjoy the peacefulness of nature.”

Gary attributes much of his personal and professional success to the power of positive thinking. “We attract what we think and feel, so it’s important to feel great and think great,” he says. “That’s what I tell all my employees, and it’s really how I built the company. When we started, there were four of us; now, there are 181. By putting out positive energy, we’ve been able to attract positive people who want to do good things.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Green Bay Packers.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: Digging up worms in the garden when I was three or four years old.

Q: Do you do any celebrity impersonations?
A: I used to do a pretty good Humphrey Bogart, but it’s been a while.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Playing basketball. I could really jump—as a 6’1” forward, I could out-jump our 6’4” center!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sit by the fire.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

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Peter Katsafouros is a veteran siding contractor and owner of IRC All Siding, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 882-4311 or by email.

Peter Katsafouros

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Peter Katsafouros: An Exterior Livelihood

By James Florence, Senior Writer

DALY CITY — Going into college, Peter Katsafouros had plans to become an architect, but he soon found himself being drawn toward a more exterior livelihood. “Despite majoring in architecture, I was more of a builder than an artist at heart—more interested in physically putting houses together than designing them,” he says. “I ended up moving to Texas to partner with a friend who was doing exterior siding work. During the five years I spent there, I saw all kinds of problems that could happen to home exteriors due to subpar workmanship. I also noticed there weren’t many professionals focused on this area of the field, which made me think it would be a good opportunity. When I returned to the Bay Area in 1989, I started specializing in siding and other aspects of home exterior work, and I’m still doing it today.”
Today, as owner of IRC All Siding, Peter looks back with pride on his legacy of quality work. “With all of the projects I’ve done during the last 30 years, I can confidently say the vast majority of my customers will never have to replace their siding. It’s very satisfying to know I’ve left something good behind.”
Born in Greece, Peter was raised in Alameda and today lives in Daly City with his wife, Georgia, and their two children. Outside of work, he enjoys camping and traveling with his family. “I like to go camping at Lake Tahoe and ride my ATV around,” he says. “We also like traveling to Europe, though we haven’t been able to as much since having children. Now that the kids are getting older, we’ll start doing more of that. I used to go to Greece to visit my family every two years, and I look forward to sharing that experience with my kids.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Peter says quality is the only way to go. “I always give my customers the highest quality possible. If a customer doesn’t want to pay to have things done the right way, I’d rather not do the job at all. I have yet to have a customer call me back because of a problem with my workmanship, and I plan to keep it that way.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Peter says he’d spend more time in the country of his birth. “I’d spend six months out of the year in Greece. As soon as my kids are out of the house, that’s what I plan on doing. I’ve been working hard since I was 18 years old, so I’m looking forward to relaxing and being a beach bum.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite kind of food?
A: I would say Greek food, but I can’t get good Greek food in the U.S., so I’ll go with sushi.

Q: What’s your favorite Bay Area restaurant?
A: Ebisu in San Francisco.

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: Old westerns and war movies.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie cowboy?
A: John Wayne.

Q: What kinds of music do you like?
A: Jazz and, of course, Greek music.

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