Oscar Sanchez: A Rewarding Career
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
HAYWARD — When he first got into plumbing, Oscar Sanchez worried he’d made a mistake. However, looking back, he’s glad he decided to stick with it. “I like to say, ‘I didn’t choose plumbing, plumbing chose me,’” he laughs. “Partway through college, I got married and needed to make more money, so I decided to drop out of school and find a full-time job. I had a connection in the plumbing industry, so I became an apprentice. At first, I didn’t like it—it was a lot of grunt work and it was hard. However, after a while I started doing more hands-on work and learning the more intricate parts of the job. Once I crossed that point, I started liking it. After 18 years, I’d say it has been a very rewarding career.”
Today, as owner of Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc., Oscar says his favorite part of his job is being out and about. “I’m not an office person—I don’t like being stuck in the same place all day. I love the fact that I get to drive all around town, meet different people and help them with their plumbing problems.”
A resident of Hayward (where he lives with his wife, Patricia, and their two sons), Oscar spends the bulk of his time outside of work on family-oriented activities. “As a family, we enjoy going bowling, riding our quads and taking the boys to Sky High Sports in Burlingame,” he details. “We also like getting together with our extended family in the area and taking occasional vacations to Cancun or Las Vegas.”
In regard to his professional career, Oscar says transitioning from an employee to a business owner gave him a lot of perspective. “When you’re an employee, you don’t realize all the responsibilities a business owner has. After I started Aqua Stat Plumbing in 2005, it was a bit of a roller coaster. I had a lot of expenses and often didn’t know when the next call was going to come. However, I learned that uncertainty is just part of starting a new business. Over time, it has turned into a very lucrative enterprise. It has also given me the freedom to make my own schedule and ensure I get quality time with my family, which I’m very thankful for.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Oscar says he wouldn’t. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire. I’m not good at sitting around doing nothing—even when I go on vacation, I start to feel antsy by the third day. So, if I were to retire from plumbing, I would just get into another line of work. Maybe I’d flip investment properties or something.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked at Jack in the Box.
Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?
A: Just the usual family gatherings that happen around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Nick’s Family Restaurant in San Leandro.
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