Brandon Varner: Finding a Balance
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SEBASTOPOL – When he was a young man, Brandon Varner always hoped to find a career that offered a good balance between office work and field work. He started working in the solar power industry after he graduated college, but when a position opened up at Weeks Drilling & Pump Company, he saw an opportunity to fulfill his vocational vision.
While his education and experience translated well to the position at Weeks, what appealed to Brandon besides the job description was the company’s positive reputation. “I liked that it was a local, family-owned business,” he remembers. “I started talking with them and it just sounded like it would be a good fit for me.” Today, as manager of the company’s water treatment department, Brandon continues to enjoy the benefits of a balanced occupation. “I do spend a significant amount of time handling administrative matters in the office, but I also get to drive around Sonoma County and meet with clients, so I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at today.”
A native of Sonoma County, Brandon lives in Sebastopol with his wife, Natalie, and their daughter, Emma. While he’s spent the entirety of his life in the Bay Area, he says his appreciation for the local weather and landscape hasn’t diminished in the least. “The Bay Area is an ideal place for someone like me who spends the majority of his free time outdoors. Whether it’s going to the snow in the winter or the beach in the summer, my family and I definitely like to take advantage of everything the area has to offer.”
In his life and career, Brandon says he often invokes the wise words of his grandfather. “He taught me the saying, ‘If you’re going to do something, do it right,’ and I feel like that’s something I apply on a daily basis. Whether providing for my family’s well-being or providing my clients with the highest quality water treatment systems available, I try to put my all into everything I do.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Brandon says he’d skip town and head to a more exotic location. “I would take my wife to Tahiti. She’s wanted to go on vacation for a while, and we’ve never been overseas together…unless you count Hawaii.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The piano.
Q: What’s your favorite season and why?
A: Fall. It’s when my wife and I first met, and ever since then I’ve associated fall with the early butterflies in our relationship.
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
A: Probably the future. My wife always says I’m futuristic.
Q: What’s the best gift you ever received?
A: My daughter—she was born on my birthday.
Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve attempted?
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A: While snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, I went out of bounds by accident and launched myself off a pretty decent-sized cliff. My friends who followed me said it was about 30 feet. It caught me by surprise and rattled me up, but I was able to walk away without any injuries.