Jeffrey Goffo: Big City Builder
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN FRANCISCO — While Jeffrey Goffo grew up working alongside his father, it wasn’t until his college years that he realized he wanted to follow in his professional footsteps. “My father was a carpenter for 60 years in the Chicago area where I grew up,” he tells. “I began working with him when I was a young boy and continued into my teens and through college. When I was in my early 20s, I traveled to Florida to help him build a new house, and it was during the course of that project that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in construction.”
Today, as owner of Goffo Construction Inc., Jeffrey says one of his favorite aspects of his job is working amidst the architectural diversity of San Francisco. “I enjoy all the different types of architecture we have here in San Francisco, from Victorians and Edwardians to Marina-style homes and earthquake cottages. Each style has its own set of challenges, so it keeps things interesting.”
Originally from Indiana, Jeffrey came to the Bay Area in 1976 and continues to reside in the San Francisco area today. “San Francisco has a lot to offer, from its visual beauty to its rich cultural diversity,” he says. “Also, the weather is perfect for working in the construction trade. I couldn’t think of a better place to be.”
Outside of work, Jeffrey engages in a variety of activities, from golf to winemaking. “I’ve played golf my whole life—I started out caddying for my dad and later became a Chick Evans Caddie Scholar,” he says. “Today, I run an annual golf tournament and donate all the proceeds to charity.” Jeffrey also enjoys getting away from it all by spending time at his summer house with his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Nick and Alex.
In his life and career, Jeffrey cites the influence of a particular piece of paternal wisdom. “One of the things my father told me was to treat the home you’re working on as if it were your own,” he remembers. “This advice really served me well over the years and continues to be at the core of my business philosophy today.”
When asked what his future retirement might look like, Jeffrey says it’ll likely be a mixture of avocational pursuits and charitable ventures. “I plan on perfecting my winemaking craft and improving my Bocce game, both of which go hand-in-hand with my Italian-American heritage. I’d also like to volunteer more time to charitable organizations I’m passionate about, such as Habitat for Humanity and the First Tee Junior Golf Program at Harding Park Golf Course.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite kind of tree?
A: The olive tree. In addition to winemaking, I like to make my own olive oil.
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Fall—that’s when San Francisco has the best weather.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Antique tools.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Harris’ Steakhouse in San Francisco.
Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
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A: The Creature from the Black Lagoon.