The Who's Who Orange County, Inland Empire Article Archive

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On a Mission
Fall/Winter 2019

The Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, California, is a testament to the resilience of man and materials. The main structure was first built by Spanish padres and Native Americans over 240 years ago and is considered the birthplace…

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Solar Energy Made Easy
Fall/Winter 2019

A radical idea brought three men together in January 2015. Their idea was to make solar energy as easily accessible as traditional electricity. This complicated field has faced many obstacles, but Joe Benko, Guillermo Santomauro and Mike Valencia…

A Rock-Solid Perspective
Fall/Winter 2019

In the precision-driven world of foundation drilling and earth shoring, well-rounded experience, technical expertise and proper equipment mean everything. Pair these advantages with the team-oriented mentality found at D.J. Scheffler & Nye,…

Building Trust & Fences
Fall/Winter 2019

For almost 47 years, the Moreno family has led California-based A-1 Steel Fence Co., Inc. (A-1) with attention to detail and a hands-on approach. It’s paid off with high-profile projects at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village as well as…

Chutes and Compactors
Fall/Winter 2019

For Joe Ramos, Owner of Evelyn’s Construction Services, the path to achieving success in the chute system industry is a straight shot. “We want to be known as the best out there, and we do that by going above and beyond in everything we do.…

Whatever It Takes
Fall/Winter 2019

Chris Caforio and his employees at Caforio Development Group, LLC (CDG) are so committed to giving their customers what they want that the firm has been adding divisions, services and personnel to meet those needs and keep their clients coming…

Tailor-Made for Trades
Spring/Summer 2019

The growing workforce shortage is a hot topic in today’s construction space. There simply aren’t enough trade workers to fulfill the industry’s rising needs—though one group in Southern California is doing its best to meet the challenge.

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Rarified Air
Spring/Summer 2019

There are some stories that hit a person like a breath of fresh air.

The Sky is the Limit
Spring/Summer 2019

There are some partnerships in life that are just meant to be. Sometimes, it takes a while to get there. In September of 2018, Industrial Skylights of San Marcos, California, and Leslie Skylights of Oceanside, California, merged together under…

Rapid Riser
Spring/Summer 2019

The past seven years have been something of a whirlwind for Ryan Contractors Inc. (RCI), a general contractor based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Incorporated in 2012, RCI was begun by CEO and President Shawn Ryan, who brought in Vice President…

California Dreamin’
Fall/Winter 2018

Under the warm California sun, the next generation of construction owners are digging in. With impressive skills and a business savvy well beyond their years, Chris and Amber Linde founded Linde Construction, Inc., a woman- and minority-owned…

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Risk Management at Its Finest
Fall/Winter 2018

For a contractor, purchasing insurance to cover both personal and business risks may seem as simple as calling an insurance agent and paying for a policy. In reality, the complexity of different policies is vast, the language used in the terms…

When Life Depends on Safety
Fall/Winter 2018

Whether a retail giant, a mountainside home or a historic building, when access seems impossible for other subcontractors, JRW Foundation Systems, Inc. finds a way to save structures and their occupants.

Family-Fused, Set for Success …and Beyond
Fall/Winter 2018

When Alex Rodriguez decided to turn his years of experience in construction into his own business in 2012, the first principle he laid down for Infinity General Contractors Group (IGCG) was to treat everyone like family. It’s a philosophy that…

Raising the Bar By Staying True to Its Roots
Fall/Winter 2018

For more than 20 years, PR Construction has advanced the standard of excellence in general construction in Southern California by staying true to its roots. A family-owned business built on character, integrity and customer service, PR Construction…

Rolling Out The American Dream
Spring/Summer 2018

Trini Alday has come a long way since the days of her tiny home office, but she hasn’t abandoned the values that helped to build Dura Flooring, Inc.

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Your Sound Solution
Spring/Summer 2018

Service and servant leadership. These are traits of a leader who has influenced an industry and created a legacy for his children by lifting his team and putting the customer first. Servant leadership has defined Bart Moore’s perspective, while…

Safety, Sustainability, Savings
Spring/Summer 2018

If asked to imagine the kind of company that would receive awards for excellence for its efforts in sustainable, environmentally friendly operation, most people are more likely to picture a trendy tech startup than a manufacturing giant that’s…

Signs of the Times
Spring/Summer 2018

Mpressions President Charlene Hesketh is doing all she can to position the woman-owned, visual marketing and branding business she leads for growth.

From Boutiques to Major Convention Hotels
Spring/Summer 2018

Hotel construction has a unique set of challenges. Making renovations while a hotel is open means scheduling work around hotel guests and completing a major construction project fast and efficiently to meet the client’s revenue goals.

Always up for the Challenge
Fall/Winter 2017

“I come from a family of entrepreneurs,” President and founder of Rossmoyne, Inc., George Pondella begins his story. “My father had an automotive shop and Chevron gasoline station so I learned early on the value of hard work and giving 100 percent…

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Lofty Aspirations
Fall/Winter 2017

When Wes Staley was five or six years old, his grandfather, Ed Staley, tapped him on the foot at 4 a.m. one morning to wake him up for another day of work as the pint-sized helper at Ed’s Crane Service in Arcadia, Calif.

Producing Portraits of Property
Fall/Winter 2017

While stationed in the Panama Canal Zone during his U.S. Air Force service, Fred Emmert got his first taste of aviation. He joined an off-duty flying club at the Albrook Air Force Base, on the Pacific side of the canal, earning a private pilot…

The Need for Old Buildings
Fall/Winter 2017

Anyone owning a home is acutely aware of the constant maintenance required in keeping the structure looking and functioning at its best. As demanding as home ownership can be, imagine being tasked with cleaning and restoring a high-rise historical…

Safety First, Second to None
Fall/Winter 2017

Whether you’re shopping in some of the top retail locations or picking up your mobile phone, you likely have a connection to Southern California’s Solex Contracting, Inc. Solex, based in Temecula, Calif., brings together retail and telecommunications…

Busting the Glass Ceiling
Spring/Summer 2017

Margaret Hakanson didn’t hesitate to step into the leadership role at Hakanson Construction Inc. when her husband, Mike Hakanson, passed away suddenly in 1998. Margaret had worked alongside him on the business side of the concrete tilt-up construction…

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Passing the Torch
Spring/Summer 2017

Connectivity runs deep. That’s why Matt Trumble, at age 28, continues the three-generation family legacy of running a pipeline-laying business that does not even bear the family name. Matt is President of Kennedy Pipeline Construction (Kennedy),…

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One Student’s Calling
Fall/Winter 2016

It is no secret that there is a shortage of skilled workers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry today. A study released at the 2012 American Institute of Architects 
National Convention and Design Exposition revealed…

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