Bryan Chase: Chasing a Dream
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
BOYES HOT SPRINGS — While he’s been plumbing for more than two decades, Bryan Chase says his current career is actually an offshoot of his prior work in construction. “I used to build houses for a living, which, of course, required the involvement of several different trades,” he recounts. “Over time, I became more and more attracted to plumbing—there seemed to be a lot more respect for someone who knew how to do good work. Eventually, I started working for a local plumbing company, and after a few years, I decided to strike out on my own.”
Today, as owner of Apes Plumbing, Heating, Sewer and Drains, Bryan says his favorite part of his job is achieving positive outcomes in dire situations. “I like being able to save the day when there’s an emergency. Not many people like to call a plumber, so it’s very satisfying when I’m able to turn a crisis into a positive customer experience.”
A long-time resident of Sonoma County, Bryan expresses an appreciation for his central location. “I’m right in the middle of Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties, which makes for an ideal living and working situation,” he says. “I’m able to serve a broader area with my business, and when it comes to my personal life, I enjoy the easy access to destinations like the ocean and mountains.”
Outside of work, Bryan engages in a variety of pastimes, often in the company of his son, Zane. “My son and I go to the shooting range on a regular basis, and during the summer months, we spend a lot of time boating and waterskiing at the lake.” In addition to his recreational pursuits, Bryan likes being involved in his local community. “I’m an active member of my church, and I also support local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and youth sports leagues.”
In his professional career, Bryan espouses the virtues of having a well-rounded expertise. “One of our company’s slogans is that our knowledge and experience can save you time and money,” he explains. “We like to think of ourselves as more than just plumbers. We’re highly specialized technicians who have the capabilities to handle a lot of different problems, which I think adds value to the services we provide.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Bryan says he’d do some extensive traveling. “I’d go country hopping and see some more of the world. I’d probably start out by visiting Greece and work my way westward to Spain.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Jose Sharks.
Q: What kind of music do you enjoy?
Q: Do you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person?
A: A dog person. I have a pit bull named Amy and a pug named Riley.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar in Petaluma.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
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A: Cheese and salami.