I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and moved to San Diego after high school. As the only son of a single mother, I learned at an early age to help make repairs on our house. I remember her showing me a leak under the kitchen sink when I was 10 or 11 and saying, “Do you see all the plumbing parts? Everything you see here was invented and designed by a woman or a man, and if you want to, you could do the same!” After high school, my first construction job was at a flood company in San Diego. From there I progressed to framing journeyman and licensed building contractor, holding both residential and commercial licenses. I have always approached the challenges of building with the mind set my mother instilled in me when I was young.
While working mostly in the commercial industry, I always appreciated custom residential home building. I applied and interviewed with multiple contractors when our family relocated to Charleston. When I did research on projects that Steve and Structures had completed, I knew right away that this was where I wanted to be. Over the past year, my appreciation has only gotten deeper for the people I work with and the incredible amount of knowledge they have to share. This is what I appreciate most about being a member of the Structures Family.
When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family and cooking, drinking wine, and listening to music while we gather in the kitchen. My wife, Melissa, and our two children, Sophia and Christian, love beach days, sporting events, learning, and simply having fun. My mother was a restauranteur. Being the only boy in a family of Italian women, my two older sisters frequently left me out of girly things so, my mother and grandmother put me to work helping in the kitchen of the successful restaurant and catering business they ran in historic Old Town Albuquerque. I have been cooking ever since and have inherited the title as the Family Chef… Sophia and I now cook together as I did with my mother and grandmother.