Roee Erenshteyn: Getting Acquainted
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
RICHMOND — When asked how he ended up in the water and fire damage restoration industry, Roee Erenshteyn says it resulted from making an acquaintance that, while remote, was very close to home. “While researching job opportunities online, I got in touch with Erez Gilad, owner of 911 Remediation, via Facebook,” he explains. “We’re both Israeli, and although he lived in the U.S. and I still lived in Israel, we had a lot of mutual connections. After interviewing with him, I started working for his company remotely. In May 2017, I moved to the U.S. to assume the position of CEO.”
When asked his favorite part about his job, Roee says he enjoys the scientific nature of the trade. “There’s a lot that goes into treating water damage in the home—it’s far more complex than simply cleaning up a mess. You need to collect a lot of data and utilize specific treatments to resolve the situation effectively. Scientific investigation is a big part of what we do, and that aspect never ceases to fascinate me.”
A resident of Walnut Creek, Roee expresses his appreciation for his new life in the Bay Area. “I love it here,” he says. “I enjoy the views, the nature, the weather, the food and the people. It’s very different than Israel. There’s a lot of variety and always lots of choices and opportunities.”
Outside of work, Roee engages in a variety of pastimes, from staying fit to spending quality time with his family. “I work a lot, so I try to spend as much time as possible with my wife and daughters,” he affirms. “We enjoy going on field trips in nature, eating out at restaurants and just relaxing at home. I also enjoy working out and training. I used to be a personal trainer, so I love long-distance running, cycling and mountain biking.
When asked about a personal philosophy, Roee cites the importance of maintaining a work/life balance. “I want to be fully devoted to my career and fully devoted to my family,” he explains. “Being the CEO of a company is a great responsibility, but so is being a husband and a father, so it’s important to make time for each. It’s not easy, but I think if you’re intentional, it’s possible to maintain a balance where everyone is happy and no one is neglected.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: I consider myself an early bird, but I also stay up late sometimes, so maybe I’m a bit of both.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Pacific Catch in Corte Madera.
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer. I like going to the beach and hiking.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: South America.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Fruit. I’m a pretty healthy eater.
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