Derrick Tracey: Stone and Tile with Style
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
LIVERMORE — For Derrick Tracey, what began as a mere summer job ended up becoming a lifelong livelihood. “I went into college not really sure what I wanted to do,” he recalls. “To earn some extra money between semesters, I started doing stone and tile work with a family friend and found that I really enjoyed it. In particular, I liked the creativity involved, as well as the process of putting several pieces together to get an aesthetically pleasing final product.”
After gaining a few years of industry experience, Derrick struck out on his own and founded Derrick Tracey Custom Tile & Marble in 1993. More than two decades later, he says he still finds fulfillment from performing hands-on work. “It definitely gives me a lot of satisfaction. When I finish a project that I’m totally proud of and see that the customer is happy as well, it makes me feel really good.”
A lifetime resident of Livermore, Derrick expresses his appreciation for life in his hometown. “It’s a great community to be a part of,” he affirms. “The people are nice, the schools are good, and we’re situated right between the mountains and the beach, so we really have the best of both worlds.” Outside of work, Derrick takes advantage of this diverse local landscape by pursuing outdoor activities, often in the company of his wife, Monica, and sons, Kyle and Carson. “We like to get out and do things as a family, from hiking and skiing to hanging out at the beach.”
When asked what his future retirement might look like, Derrick says he’ll devote more time to the hobbies and activities he currently enjoys. “I’ll probably play more golf, as well as do more traveling and hanging out with family and friends. Maybe I’ll kick things off with a trip to Tahiti.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Oakland A’s.
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Winter—I love the snow.
Q: What’s your favorite kind of food?
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Sports memorabilia.
Q: Pancakes or waffles?