Roberto Ramos: Taking the Plunge
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
BRENTWOOD — Roberto Ramos spent several years climbing the ladder at his previous job before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship by starting his own business. “I started working in construction back in 1994,” he recounts. “During my first few years, I did everything from fire and water damage restoration to highway construction, and eventually, I got into framing and building houses. I worked my way up to the position of foreman at the company I worked for, and later I became a superintendent. It was a good job that paid well, but I started thinking that I could do even better and have more satisfaction if I had my own company. So, I started my business in 2006, and it has been growing little by little every year since.”
Today, as owner of A Ramos Construction, Inc., Roberto says his favorite part of his job is taking projects from conception to reality. “I just love to create things. It’s exciting to have an idea in your mind and then bring it to life. And of course, I love to see how happy our clients are with the end results.”
A resident of the East Bay Area (where he lives with his wife, Ana), Roberto likes to spend the bulk of his free time outdoors. “I enjoy outdoor activities like boating, jet skiing and snow skiing,” he details. “I’m also an avid golfer and I like playing with friends and clients.” Additionally, Roberto enjoys spending quality time with his and Ana’s three adult children.
Regarding a professional philosophy, Roberto espouses the value of honesty. “We don’t sugarcoat things for our clients,” he explains. “When someone asks for something that’s very time- or labor-intensive, we let them know upfront that it’s not going to be cheap. However, if they’re willing to invest the money, we will deliver exactly what they want, built to the highest possible quality. Our clients really appreciate our honest, upfront approach. At the end of the day, it’s rewarding to know we did our best and provided a product that they’ll enjoy for years to come.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Roberto says he’d see the world. “I would definitely do some traveling. Maybe I’d start with Mexico and then go to Europe. Italy, Spain and Switzerland are all on my list of places I’d like to visit.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: The first job I had in the United States was working as a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant.
Q: Do you follow any sports?
A: I follow professional golf. Some of my favorite golfers are Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson.
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: The Dead Fish in Crockett.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
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A: Thanksgiving, because I get a little time to relax and be with my family.