Fabricio Lunardi: On the Move
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN JOSE — After working several jobs set in static locations, Fabricio Lunardi found professional fulfilment with a more itinerant livelihood. “After college, I tried a number of different careers,” he recounts. “I sold insurance, worked at a restaurant and eventually got a job as a bank teller. However, all of these jobs had one thing in common: they took place in a single location, which I didn’t like. I’m not the type to be confined to four walls—I like to be out and on the move.”
Fabricio’s penchant for being on the move makes sense when you consider the professional environment he was raised in. “My dad was in the moving business when I was growing up,” he explains. “He started his own company in 1970, and I worked for him as a teenager during summers and holidays.” Decades later, when his father decided to retire, Fabricio found himself presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. “In 2005, my dad asked me if I wanted to take over his business. Of course, I accepted, and I’m still running the company today.”
As owner of Lunardi Moving Services (which he co-owns with his friend and business partner, Jose Fernandez), Fabricio says his favorite part of his job is providing positive experiences for his customers. “I like putting customers at ease and reassuring them that they’re in good hands. At the end of the job, they usually thank us and say, ‘I was expecting it to be a nightmare but it was a great experience.’ To me, that kind of compliment is priceless.”
Born in Brazil to a family of Italian heritage, Fabricio came to the United States in 1979 at the age of nine. Today, as a resident of South San Jose (where he lives with his wife, Diana, and their children), he expresses his appreciation for its active, bustling character. “I love this place—it’s a fast-paced environment, which, as a fast-paced kind of guy, suits me well.” However, as much as he enjoys the rush, Fabricio also appreciates the occasional slow-paced day with his family. “On Sundays, we usually have a good breakfast together and then go to a local park or beach for the day.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Fabricio espouses the importance of honesty. “One thing my dad taught me was to always be honest,” he says. “In addition to being upfront about pricing and treating customers fairly, this means being honest about our limits. If a customer asks us to do something that’s beyond our capabilities, I feel it’s better to be honest and refer them elsewhere than to take on something we aren’t equipped to handle. At the end of the day, it’s about keeping each customer’s best interests in mind.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: I’m a fan of professional soccer, so my favorite team is FC Barcelona.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
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A: It’s a tie between Christmas and Thanksgiving—both are very important to me and my family.