Kenny Turnage: Restoration Man
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
ANTIOCH – While he’s made a career of restoring homes damaged by fire and water, Kenny Turnage’s field of specialty was no coincidental development—in fact, it stemmed from a specific incident that occurred during his childhood. “When I was a kid, my grandparents’ house caught on fire and needed some restoration work,” he recounts. “My father was a building contractor, and he wasn’t about to let anybody else work on his parents’ home, so he became licensed to perform insurance-related construction work. Pretty soon, he was doing damage restoration on a regular basis.”
Kenny started working for his father at the age of 12, and he quickly became immersed in the damage restoration trade. “While other kids my age were out riding bikes or playing sports, I was shoveling ash in burnt-up houses,” he says. After spending 18 years working for the family business, Kenny decided to strike out on his own and founded K2GC in 2004.
Kenny says his favorite part of restoring damaged homes is improving them beyond their original condition. “With all the building code requirements nowadays, many houses we restore end up in better condition than they were before being damaged. Considering the emotional trauma that comes from losing a home, I find it very rewarding to return my customers’ houses in better shape than ever.”
Kenny is a lifelong resident of Antioch—his office is located a few blocks from the elementary school he attended as a kid, and he stays actively involved in his community by coaching youth sports. Additionally, some of his favorite activities outside of work include leisurely fishing trips and spending quality time with his daughters, Savanna and Serena. “My girls and I enjoy everything from going to Warriors games to doing jigsaw puzzles and having cooking contests,” he says. “We have a lot of fun together.”
As a business owner, Kenny says delivering on promises is the most important aspect of customer satisfaction. “It just boils down to following through with whatever you say you’re going to do, from returning phone calls and showing up to the job on time to delivering the final product on schedule and up to the customer’s expectations.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Kenny says he’d take an extended fishing trip in an exotic locale. “I’d charter a fishing boat in Cabo San Lucas and spend some more time on the open water. I’d let someone else be the captain and I’d be the deckhand—heck, I might even grow some dreadlocks while I’m at it!”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Oakland Raiders.
Q: What was your favorite cartoon as a child?
A: It’s a three-way tie between Spiderman, The Flintstones and Popeye.
Q: What’s your ideal hamburger?
A: I actually developed my own recipe—I call it the Kenny Burger. Just add ranch dressing, a handful of shredded cheese and a little Worcestershire sauce to the ground beef before making individual patties and cooking them up.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect memorabilia items. It doesn’t have to be anything specific—I just like collecting random stuff. In my office alone, I have a Darth Vader suit, a 3-D portrait of Elvis and an autographed Tom Brady jersey.
Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
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A: Eating my mom’s cooking.