Rob Meyers: Breaking the Mold
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
PLEASANTON — After working on both the residential and commercial sides of the construction business, Rob Meyers thought he’d seen and done everything, but when he got an opportunity to learn about construction restoration, it opened the door to a whole new world. “I started working in construction 25 years ago as a framer and eventually got into finish carpentry work,” he recounts. “In 2008, I met a contractor who offered to train me in construction restoration. Upon taking my first class, I was hooked. In particular, I found the science behind mold and asbestos abatement really interesting. I earned my industry certifications and continued to work forward from there.”
Today, as a project manager for Environmental Remedies, Inc., Rob says his favorite part of his job is the detective work that goes into solving mold issues. “Asbestos and lead are both pretty cut-and-dry, but mold is a lot more complicated. In addition to removing it, you have to determine the factors that caused it to develop in the first place so it doesn’t come back again. I enjoy the process of tracking down the source of mold problems and coming up with effective solutions.”
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Rob came to the Bay Area in 1990 and today resides in Menlo Park. Outside of work, some of his favorite pastimes include fishing and following professional sports. “I’m a big Boston fan since I grew up in New England, so any time my teams are in town, I go see them play,” he says. “My other passion is fishing. I have a speedboat, and whenever I have a free weekend, I’m usually out fishing with my buddies or my sons, Jake and Josh.”
Concerning his abatement career, Rob espouses the importance of professional integrity. “In this business, it’s easy for dishonest contractors to exploit customers’ fears, which is why integrity is first and foremost with us,” he explains. “Providing effective, long-term solutions is a must when it comes to mold issues. After all, if I charged you $2,000 to clean up a mold infestation and it returned two weeks later, it’d be hard to justify my role as your abatement contractor.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Rob says he’d withdraw to a slower pace of life. “I grew up on a farm, and after spending the last 25 years in the city, I miss the peacefulness of the country. I would actually love to buy a house in a rural area just outside the city, which would allow me to have the best of both worlds.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio during the workday, music in the evening.
Q: What was your first car?
A: An early ’80s Ford Escort. It had a bad interior exhaust leak, so for two years I drove around with a headache not realizing I was slowly killing myself.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sit at home and watch old Elvis movies. My dad was a huge Elvis fan, and I actually got to see him in concert when I was eight years old, a couple years before he died.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: It’s a tie between pistachios and beef jerky.
Q: Who makes you laugh?
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A: I grew up listening to Bill Cosby and later got into guys like Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and, more recently, Mitch Hedberg and Brian Regan. I actually did stand-up comedy for about 13 years in the San Jose and Oakland areas, and I even tried out for Last Comic Standing a few times.