The Who's Who San Francisco Bay Area Article Archive

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Intentional Leadership
Fall/Winter 2020

Every business owner has personal convictions that shape the direction of a company. For Scott Reno, Founder and President of C & J Contracting, Inc. (C & J), a corporate value system based on integrity, service and loyalty is key to building…

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A Master’s Thesis Becomes an A+ Business
Fall/Winter 2020

Peter Mandel is in the business of getting people back to normal. “A glorified janitor,” he calls himself, which sounds tame until you hear what he cleans up.

Doors, Doors Everywhere
Fall/Winter 2020

In 1963, when the late Robert Smith launched his commercial door repair business in Oakland, California, few could have predicted the company’s expansive growth. Today, Robert’s son, Kevin Smith, serves as President of R&S Erection, Inc. (R&S),…

Family First
Fall/Winter 2020

Made in the Shade Napa/Solano (Made in the Shade) is the brainchild of Kelli Wellhausen, a real estate agent who saw an opportunity and took it. “I opened Made in the Shade because I was tired of seeing bad window treatments,” says Kelli. “My…

Style, Sensibility and Function
Fall/Winter 2020

The 2018 U.S. debut of ProfilDoors in San Jose, California, ushered in welcome possibilities for cutting-edge, high-quality doors.

A Passion for Building
Fall/Winter 2020

From an early age, Greg Schank, Owner and Director of Pacific Construction Managers, has been intrigued by the built environment. “I became interested in architecture at a very young age, and I grew up watching my parents flip homes after renovating…

A Culture Rooted in Integrity
Spring/Summer 2020

For Moreno & Associates, Inc., the most important person in the company isn’t the manager, president or CEO. It’s the custodian—the person who works on the front lines each and every day. The family-owned, full-service building maintenance company…

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Landscaping with a Mission
Spring/Summer 2020

Rubicon Landscape Group (Rubicon Landscape), located in Richmond, California, is not your run-of-the-mill landscaping company. The business was launched more than 30 years ago as a social enterprise to support the life-changing mission of its…

Complete Commitment Works
Spring/Summer 2020

In 2009, the country was just growing out of the Great Recession. At a time when many new business startups would have found it difficult to make a name for themselves, Roque “Rocky” Arteaga Jr. had the courage to establish SiteWorks General…

Taking the Long View
Spring/Summer 2020

If you’ve been around the San Francisco Bay Area long enough, you’re probably familiar with the fleet of Ford Falcon Rancheros employed by Just Leaks Inc. As the business grew from a commercial roofing service company to a full-service commercial…

Multilayered Expertise
Spring/Summer 2020

PSR West Coast Builders Inc. (PSR) is like a wooden Matryoshka doll, or Russian nesting doll, where each one opens to reveal another inside. Within the multistate, general contracting company are two subsidiaries that form a framework of specialties…

Artistry & Family in The City
Spring/Summer 2020

San Francisco is a city of contradictions. Tech bros and Etsy artisans. Corporate bigwigs and hippie free spirits. Telegraph Hill and the Castro.

California Dreaming
Spring/Summer 2020

Corky Silva is a self-professed coastal guy. Born in San Francisco and raised along the beaches of a small town called Pacifica, he grew up the California way: riding skateboards, playing sports and eating day-old doughnuts.

A Focus on Industry Excellence
Fall/Winter 2019

For over three decades, Alumawall, Inc. in San Jose, California, has used innovative methods to develop and distribute performance-driven building solutions to its client base of architects, general contractors, developers and facility owners.…

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Today His Name is on the Door
Fall/Winter 2019

David Paul Garcia is an entrepreneur at heart. He discovered a love for carpentry at age 12 while working with a family member in the construction industry. By the time he reached 18, he was a seasoned journeyman carpenter. Ready to venture…

Water Water Everywhere
Fall/Winter 2019

Like water itself, there is much that is organic about Waterworks Industries (Waterworks) of Windsor, California, a full-spectrum aquatic management, design, repair and construction enterprise. Its success over time has yielded a legion of regular,…

Wired to Do It All
Fall/Winter 2019

Bothwell Corp. does a little bit of everything—and, according to its customers, the company does it well. While the common adage may be, “Jack of all trades, master of none,” Bothwell Corp. has flipped the saying on its head. The company was…

Trans-Pacific Leadership
Fall/Winter 2019

It is hard to underestimate the importance of companies like Dawn Kitchen & Bath Products, Inc. (Dawn Kitchen & Bath). It’s one of those companies that proves that you can be a global company and think locally…that you can build an empire and…

Maximizing Client Value, Not Project Cost
Fall/Winter 2019

C & J Contracting, Inc. (C & J) is a commercial and industrial contracting company based in San Jose, California. They provide design-build and construction services to the commercial, industrial and retail sectors in Northern California and…

Behind the Glass
Spring/Summer 2019

Commercial glazing is an art, a specialty construction trade that requires skill, considerable strength and an eye for detail.

It’s a combination of attributes that defines the bright, hardworking staff at Itzko Glass & Metal, Inc.…

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Decisive & Determined
Spring/Summer 2019

What do you get when you meld a fierce work ethic with determination and a progressive vision for the future?

Mindful Attention to Relationships
Spring/Summer 2019

Every person has a story. The owners of Wentworth Executive Recruiting depend on those stories to gird their employment search processes. Knowing a little about the Wentworths’ own stories gives insight into the wealth of knowledge they bring…

Building on Stability
Spring/Summer 2019

Despite the appeal of living and working in the beautiful City by the Bay, many homeowners and building owners struggle with San Francisco soil quality and the challenges it creates for residential and commercial buildings. The snag? The city…

Creating Homes for Every Stage of Life
Spring/Summer 2019

Blue Mountain Enterprises is committed to providing housing for every stage of life.

Infusing Efficiency
Fall/Winter 2018

Founded in 1928 by inventor John W. McIntyre who commercialized heating and cooling technologies in the early part of the 20th century, McIntyre Industries (McIntyre) has a long history of superb craftsmanship, customized solutions and product…

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Locating Embedded Targets
Fall/Winter 2018

Do you need help locating post-tension cables, conduits, rebar or any other embedded target beneath a concrete slab or wall? Do you need to locate a gas, telephone, sewer or water line? Do you need to inspect an underground pipe? Who do you…

Perimeters Meet Tech
Fall/Winter 2018

Some companies throw around descriptive words like “innovative” and “cutting edge,” but Securetech Fence Systems, Inc. (Securetech) lets its client list speak for itself. Google, Apple and Facebook are among the company’s core customer base.

Quality Sealed
Fall/Winter 2018

When adversity strikes, a turning point is created. Which direction an individual chooses defines the final outcome. Some will sit and stew, refusing to move forward. Others use the trial as a launching pad.

Keeping Up with the Startups
Fall/Winter 2018

California’s Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology, innovation and possibility—a land where ambitious startups stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the wealthiest corporations on the planet. It conjures images of brilliant young minds…

Experts at Recycling and Reusing
Spring/Summer 2018

Buccaneer Demolition is not your typical subcontractor, says owner Jim Salata. “We offer an array of services that includes select structural and building demolition, architectural salvage, site clearing, excavation, saw cutting, complete interior…

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Above and Below the Surface
Spring/Summer 2018

“Making Dream Surfaces Attainable”—the mission statement for M S International, Inc. (MSI)— forms the foundation of its company culture.

Home Is Where the Heart Is
Spring/Summer 2018

Each new day for John Farrow starts with reliving the devastating Northern California wildfires, but his role allows him to help with the ongoing recovery.

A History of Quality
Spring/Summer 2018

In the early 1930s, a sculptor named Bruno Mariani immigrated to the United States from Italy. An accomplished model maker and craftsman, he found work at Cecil B. DeMille Studio, creating masks and plaster castings for films that shaped the…

For the Love of the Build
Spring/Summer 2018

From a young age, Mark De Mattei loved working with his hands. As a teenager, he had the good fortune to live next door to a contractor with considerable carpentry experience and a willingness to teach—and from that relationship a career was…

Good Truck. Great Team. All Heart.
Fall/Winter 2017

Founded in 1993, Brannon Corporation is a family-owned and operated demolition and excavation business based in San Jose, Calif., that owes much of its start to a man and a gift to his grandson—a used Peterbilt truck.

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All Charged Up and Lighting the Way!
Fall/Winter 2017

Since it was founded in 2010, Marin County-based Evolvelectric, Inc. has become one of the Bay Area’s leading LED lighting and electric vehicle infrastructure design-build firms. The company has installed more than 800 electric vehicle charging…

Made in the Shade
Fall/Winter 2017

A well-known paint company’s motto is “Cover the earth.”

Clients, Community and Colleagues
Fall/Winter 2017

Founded in a time when a handshake and a promise were enough to construct a multimillion-dollar project, W.E. Lyons Construction Co. holds fast to its founder’s principles even as it excels in today’s more complex building environment.

Opening Doors of Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2017

For Greg and Elaine Higgins, their construction company, G.A. Higgins, Inc., is more than a quality service provider for commercial and residential customers; it’s a platform to create opportunities for themselves and those who work 
with them.

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Investing in a World of Hope
Spring/Summer 2017

Generous people are probably the happiest people. Their joy resounds in their voices. This is most definitely the case for Bennett White, Owner of 
Integrity Construction Maintenance, Inc., whose insights are infused with open cheerfulness when…

O’Keeffe’s SAFTI FIRST
Fall/Winter 2016

Bill O’Keeffe, President and CEO of O’Keeffe’s/SAFTI FIRST, a leading U.S. manufacturer of advanced fire-rated glass and framing systems, might not be a household name—but his influence is likely embedded in numerous glass and framing installations…

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