Renato do Carmo

Renato do Carmo: Piecing it All Together

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

RICHMOND — For Renato do Carmo, progressing from trainee to expert in the paver industry was simply a matter of piecing it all together. “I got into the paver industry through friends,” he recounts. “I started as a helper and gradually learned the trade until I became an installer. After working for a couple of companies, I began working as a subcontractor as part of a partnership I formed with some other industry professionals. When the partnership ended in 2017, I decided to take the years of experience I’d accumulated and start my own paver installation company.”

Today, as owner of D’Carmo Interlocking Pavers, Inc., Renato says his favorite part of his job is bringing his clients’ dreams to life. “I enjoy taking a customer’s vision for their project and turning it into reality. There’s nothing like delivering the final product to the customer and seeing the smile on their face. It makes me feel very proud.”

Originally from Brazil, Renato came to the United States in 2009 and resides today in Richmond. Outside of work, he spends the bulk of his free time relaxing. “I work a lot, so when I’m off, I like to relax at home. My main hobby is playing video games—it’s a great way to unwind and detach from the stresses of work. Occasionally, I like to go out with friends, but I’m really more of a homebody.” Renato also takes semi-regular trips to Brazil to visit family and friends.

In regard to his professional career, Renato espouses the value of having a strong, unified team. “I don’t see this business as me, the owner, and my employees—I see it as a team,” he affirms. “When you work as a team, everyone is on the same page and working toward a common goal, which results in a great outcome. That’s why I do my best to keep my employees happy and maintain a consistent staff. After all, if we have a good thing, why should we change it?”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your all-time favorite video game?

A: “God of War.”

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?

A: Ice cream.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: The one that stands out for me is “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze. I saw it when I was young and it marked a point where I really started to appreciate movies.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: I collect action figures of video game characters.

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

A: A night owl.