Luis Baltodano: Stepping Toward Success
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
BRENTWOOD — When Luis Baltodano got his first job out of high school, he didn’t know he was taking his first step toward a long-term career. “After high school, I needed a job, so I just started calling around to different companies in the Bay Area,” he recounts. “Eventually, I found work with a small drywall company in the East Bay. I started as a laborer, worked my way up to being a taper and eventually became a journeyman drywall finisher. After working for a couple of different companies, I decided I was ready to do my own thing and started my own drywall business.”
Today, as owner of Baltodano’s Drywall, Luis cites multiple things he enjoys about his job. “I like helping clients with their projects and educating them about what we do. I also like being my own boss—it’s a big responsibility, but it’s very rewarding.”
Originally from Nicaragua, Luis came to the United States in 2000 and resides today in Antioch with his wife, Concepcion, and their two children. Outside of work, he spends most of his free time staying active. “I weight train daily at home and play soccer on the weekends,” he details. “I also like being involved in my kids’ sports activities. For example, my daughter does boxing, so I enjoy supporting her in that.” Additionally, Luis and his family enjoy going camping a few times each year.
In regard to his professional career, Luis espouses the importance of respecting clients and their homes through on-the-job cleanliness. “A lot of drywall companies don’t think about cleanliness, but it can make a big difference in terms of customer satisfaction,” he explains. “That’s why we make a point of keeping a clean worksite and take extra measures to protect each customer’s home and property. It all comes down to treating the customer’s house like it was our own.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Real Madrid C.F.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: La Pinãta in Pittsburg.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “The King of Queens.”
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: The 4th of July, because we usually go camping that weekend.