Steve Ramirez: Maximum Overdrive
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SUISUN CITY — As a veteran of the towing industry, one way to measure Steve Ramirez’s professional progress is by truck size. “My father was in the towing and auto repair business, and I started with him when I was 16,” he remembers. “I drove around in a Ford F-350 and handled things like jumpstarts, dead batteries and light duty tows. From there, I progressed to the Ford LN 7000, a five-ton vehicle capable of towing bobtail trucks and smaller motor homes.”
Today, as owner of Ramirez Tow, things just continue to get bigger and better for Steve. “I just ordered a 20-ton, Class 8 Kenworth truck with four axels and a rotating boom,” he says. “I’m quite excited about that, because it will make it much easier for us to perform heavy recoveries. It’s like a monster truck compared to the vehicles in our current fleet.”
After 40 years in the towing business, Steve says he still finds fulfillment in the most basic aspects of his job. “I’ve slowed down a bit as I’ve gotten older, but I still like dealing with accidents, recovering rolled-over trucks and that sort of thing. I just find it to be interesting work, and I still get a thrill from driving big trucks.”
A lifelong resident of Fairfield (where he lives with his wife and business partner, Kathy), Steve says he likes being part of his local community. “I was born and raised here, so I still see a lot of the same people I went to school with. I also see customers whom I’ve towed year after year. Sometimes they’ll remind me of a particular situation I got them out of and it feels good to know I’ve had a positive impact on their lives.”
Outside of work, Steve engages in a variety of activities, from spending time with his daughter and grandchildren to riding his motorcycle. “We have one daughter and two young grandkids in Sacramento whom we see pretty regularly,” he says. “Personally, I like riding motorcycles. I ride a Harley-Davidson Road Glide, and I’ve made five back-and-forth trips to South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Steve says he’d head off on an extended road trip. “I’d take my wife on a vacation throughout the United States to see some of the sites. She’s never seen the Grand Canyon, so that’s probably the first place we’d go.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Who’s your favorite musician?
A: Van Morrison.
Q: What was your first concert?
A: Chicago at the Oakland Coliseum back in the 1970s.
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—I get to ride my Harley more often, and my job is a little easier in good weather.
Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Dog person—we have a boxer mix named Minnie and a little beagle named Lulu.
Q: Who’s your favorite actor?
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A: Robert Duvall.