Gary Rossiter: Movin’ Right Along
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
LIVERMORE — Like most young entrepreneurs, Gary Rossiter started out small, performing residential relocations in a single moving truck. However, with time and persistence, his business gradually grew into something much bigger. “While attending University of the Pacific, I got a job loading furniture for over-the-road line drivers,” he remembers. “After I graduated, I decided to remain in the relocation industry because I was enticed by the opportunity to travel across the country, as well as by the prospect of being my own boss. I bought a truck and spent the next 14 years moving families throughout the United States and Canada.” Nearly 40 years later, Rossiter Relocation Services, Inc. has gone from being a one-man operation to a flourishing business with more than 50 employees.
A longtime resident of Danville (where he lives with his wife, Denise), Gary says there’s no place like home. “I’ve traveled all over the United States, so I can say with confidence that there isn’t a better place to live than the Bay Area. The climate here is beyond belief, and there’s just so much to do within a short radius. Whether you like sports, hiking, biking, museums, music or theater, it’s all close by.”
With five grown children (three of whom work for the business) and five grandchildren, it’s no surprise that the bulk of Gary’s time outside of work is devoted to family, but he’s also a sports enthusiast who enjoys playing golf and following local teams. “I love going to San Francisco Giants and 49ers games, and I personally transport all the equipment for the Stanford Cardinal away games, so I’m on the sidelines for all of those,” he says. “It’s one of those instances where work and fun intermingle.”
In his life and career, Gary espouses the importance of pursuing excellence. “One thing my father said that really stuck with me was, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do for a living—if you’re the best at it, you’ll be successful.’ I’ve always made an effort to stay at the top in terms of quality and service, and I think that’s been a significant factor in my business’ success.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Gary says he’d take a long vacation. “I’ve already traveled extensively throughout North America, so I would probably travel through Europe. The history and architecture over there is very intriguing to me, not to mention Italian food and Irish pubs.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Fall. About 60 percent of our business takes place during the summer, so fall is kind of a resting and regrouping period for us.
Q: What was your first pet?
A: A yellow lab named Harley.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Bridges Restaurant in Danville.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Night owl.
Q: Did you play any high school sports?
A: I played baseball and football.
Q: Do you collect anything?
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A: I have an extensive collection of hats.