Nikolaos Margaritis: Building Forward
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
Before he came to the United States, Nikolaos Margaritis was a building contractor in his home country of Greece. While his relocation initially posed a professional setback, it ultimately set him up for greater success. “I started in construction many years ago when I lived in Greece, and at one point I even had my own general contracting firm,” he recounts. “However, as the situation in Greece began to worsen in the mid-2000s, I made the choice to immigrate to the U.S. Upon my arrival, I got back into construction, but I basically had to start all over again as a laborer. However, over time I made a lot of friends in the industry and continued to move forward. Eventually, I got my general contractor’s license and founded my own contracting firm in 2017.”
Today, as owner of Kyvos Construction Inc., Nikolaos says his favorite part of his job is breathing new life into old materials. “For example, I love to refinish old hardwood floors. I’ve come across floors that were more than 100 years old and the owners weren’t sure if they could be salvaged. It’s very rewarding to preserve something from the past and make it look new again.”
A resident of Pittsburg, Nikolaos spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “I go to the gym at least five times a week,” he details. “I was a professional bodybuilder for a couple of years when I was younger, and fitness continues to be a big part of my life.” On the weekends, Nikolaos enjoys riding his motorcycle around the Bay Area and going to concerts with friends.
In regard to his personal life and professional career, Nikolaos sees both spheres as virtually one and the same. “My main philosophy is just to live a happy life,” he says. “Because I do good work and run an honest business, I make a lot of friends in the process. Many of my clients have become good friends and continued to stay in touch with me. Maintaining positive relationships with the people in my life is very rewarding, whether they’re friends, clients or both. That’s why I see my personal and professional lives as part of the same whole—both bring good things if you’re living and treating others well.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Nikolaos says he’d take a vacation. “I like to travel, so if I retired, I’d go on a long trip. For my first destination, I’d probably go to Argentina—mainly because I love tango music!”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: Before I got into construction, I was a bartender. But the hours were rough, so I didn’t do that for too long.
Q: Do you play any musical instruments?
A: Not currently, but when I was younger I played saxophone. I come from a very musical family. My mother played piano, my father played drums and my sister played guitar.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird. I wake up at 5:30 every morning.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Texas Roadhouse in Fairfield. I love a good steak!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: If I’m not working, I like to stay home, relax with a cup of coffee and do some cooking.
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