Lamar Spalding: An Unlikely Inspiration
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
DUBLIN — With a background in product management, Lamar Spalding never expected to one day own a home repair business. However, in the course of renovating his own home, he was struck by an unlikely inspiration. “In 1989, I purchased a ‘fixer upper’ and spent the next seven years working on it,” he remembers. “During this time, I worked with a lot of contractors and was quite amazed at the inconsistency of my experiences. Some contractors were really organized and on top of things while others seemed like they were just winging it. This made it challenging to find the right professionals for the job, which made me think, ‘There has to be a better way.’”
Thus inspired, Lamar decided to take matters into his own hands and get involved in the home improvement industry. “Basically, I saw a need and realized I would be a good person to fill it,” he says. “I ended up purchasing an existing home repair company and completely reforming it. The biggest change I made was hiring contractors who were not only skilled in their work but could also establish the rapport necessary for clients to feel comfortable. This would ensure both workmanship and customer service were prioritized.”
Today, as president of All In One Home Services, Lamar says his favorite part of his job is helping his employees thrive. “I spend a great deal of time getting to know our contractors, becoming familiar with their particular strengths and lining them up with the right jobs. This helps me keep them happy, and I know if my contractors are happy, our clients will be as well.”
A resident of Dublin, Lamar spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I like playing tennis, exercising and spending time with my two grown sons,” he details. “Most of all, I enjoy traveling. I typically travel four to six weeks out of the year and go all over the world. For instance, this year I have plans to visit Australia and Japan.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Lamar says he’d do some more traveling. “As I’m getting older, I’ve committed to adding one week of vacation time each year until I retire. Most of that I plan to spend traveling and seeing the world. Right now, I’m up to about six weeks.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Morimoto Napa in Napa.
Q: What kinds of books do you like?
A: Mostly murder mysteries and science fiction, but I also really enjoy biographies, especially the work of Walter Isaacson.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was a fabricator at a company that made prototypes.
Q: If you could instantly pick up a new skill, what would you choose?
A: The ability to play a musical instrument. I would love to be able to perform music for people.
Q: What kinds of music do you like?
A: I’m basically your classic hippie rock-and-roller, but I listen to a lot of jazz as well.
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