Kimeri Opacic: A Firsthand Perspective
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
CONCORD – After five years as marketing director for ReBath by Schicker, Kimeri Opacic’s only regret is that she didn’t always know what she now knows about bathroom remodeling. “I bought a house in 1998 that was stuck in the ’70s, and it’s been one big remodeling project ever since,” she explains. “When it came to remodeling the master bathroom, I went the traditional route and did a lot of legwork myself. It turned out to be a lot of trial and error, with me going back and forth between multiple locations to find fixtures and components, many of which I had to return because they were the wrong size or incompatible with the design. After going through that experience and now working for a bathroom remodeling company, it’s easy for me to see the value in hiring a company that handles every aspect in-house.”
Originally from Sacramento, Kimeri relocated to the Bay Area in 1986, where she continues to reside in Walnut Creek with her husband, George, and their son, Tyler. Outside of her role as a marketing consultant, she describes herself as a soccer mom in the most literal sense. “My son plays competitive soccer and my husband coaches, so for much of the year I’m likely to be found on the sidelines of a soccer field.” While she enjoys being part of the action, Kimeri also appreciates spending time with her family off the field. “I really enjoy just hanging out with them, whether going out to eat, going to the movies or taking long walks with our golden retriever, Max.”
In her life and career, Kimeri emphasizes the importance of honesty. “As a consultant, I believe honesty is always the best policy,” she affirms. “When you’re serving customers, it’s important to be upfront with them, take responsibility for your actions and make good on your promises, because that’s what can make or break your reputation. Unexpected issues or mistakes can happen in any situation, but it’s usually in the best interest of all parties involved to just be upfront and honest rather than cover things up or deny responsibility.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she could retire tomorrow, Kimeri says she’d catch a plane and head to Europe’s wine belt. “I’d like to spend a month or two in Italy and France. I’ve been there once, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since.”
Q: What was the name of your first pet?
A: Gigi—a fitting name for a purebred French poodle.
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Mustards Grill in Napa.
Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Music—I played the violin and was part of a youth symphony.
Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My Raggedy Ann doll.
Q: Do you share a birthday with anyone famous?
A: Bruce Willis and Glenn Close.