Nate Missildine: Expanding Horizons
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
CAMPBELL — After nearly a decade working in the HVAC field, Nate Missildine was ready to expand his professional horizons. Ironically, this meant returning to the field where he’d originally started his career. “My first job in the trades was doing remodels with one of my friend’s brothers right out of high school,” he remembers. “After I turned 20, I went to school for heating and air conditioning, where I earned my certification. I worked in the HVAC field for about nine years but eventually felt I wanted to do something with a little more variety, so I got back into building and remodeling. After working as a foreman for a while, I got my license and started my own construction company.”
Today, as owner of Legacy Construction, Inc., Nate says his favorite part of his job is overcoming challenges. “My favorite part is also my least favorite part,” he laughs. “Challenges can certainly be frustrating, but in the end it’s rewarding to find the right solution. We often run into things that other companies say can’t be done, but we find a way to make them happen.”
A resident of San Jose (where he lives with his wife, Rachael, and their son), Nate spends most of his time outside of work relaxing. “My wife and I don’t go out a whole lot—we enjoy our own company and are happy just hanging out at home with our son. However, we do like to go up to Tahoe at least once a year. I also enjoy golf. I don’t play as much as I used to, but it’s probably my number one hobby.”
In regard to his life and career, Nate says he’s motivated by a drive to excel. “I want to be known as someone who works harder than everyone else, and I want everything my company does to stand out from the average. I think my work ethic was instilled in part by my mom. She raised me and my brother all on her own, worked full-time, and always did her best to provide a good life for us. She has been a big inspiration for me. After all, if she could raise two boys by herself, certainly I can get the job done.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Nate says he’d take a tropical trip. “I haven’t done a whole lot of traveling—I’ve been busy running companies since I was 29 and didn’t have much money to travel before that. I’m more of a tropical kind of guy, so maybe I’d kick off retirement with a trip to Hawaii. I’ve only been there once and my wife hasn’t been at all, so that seems like a good starting point.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was a busboy at Boston Market.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Beef jerky.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: I like sports talk radio.
Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: The San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
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A: If I’m not working, I like to stay in and relax.