We had the good fortune of connecting with David Biber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I retired from the computer industry in 1999 at the age of 46. Having worked for diverse vertical businesses, I had the opportunity to create a business that would work for me. In fact, I did it twice.
Two Guys Grilling, my Event and Catering business was active for over twenty years. We Garnered clients the likes of Playboy, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Every branch of the military, Congress, and Playboy, to name a few. In 2020, my wife convinced me that I was too old to be a “Roady”. During the course of a few hundred events I had gathered the requisite tools to make movies. When I purchased Hidden Oaks Ranch in 2018, the gather was complete.
Hidden Oaks Ranch and Studio was born. I remodeled an old, two story horse barn and built a brand new studio.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My youngest daughter once said that there was no logical trajectory to my career. I proposed to Kathy on our first date in 1975, and we are still married and best friends. I was working for a heavy steel manufacturing corporation and had the opportunity to work on an efficiencies project as I had computer skills. In the development of this productivities system, I taught myself to program, and wrote a computer management program for man load, machine load, and plant load for my employer. We moved to California in 1986 and I was offered every job I applied for. I had authored a successful system, and didn’t know what a “Beach Day” was. In 1999, I retired from that arena.
Every twenty years I get the itch and feel compelled to master something new. Always believe in yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In pushing my career forward, I haven’t paid much attention to my social life, so… I would probably stream a season of “Ken Kramer’s – About San Diego” and plan from there. His content is always very interesting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Several people were key influences in my new endeavor. Rick Dean, the former Tech Guru at LucasFilm, and developer of the THX Sound System for theaters. Rick and I served on the US Army Advisory Board together and he pushed me forward. Sadly, Rick passed from a sudden heart attack a few years ago. John Semper Jr., Understudy to and protege of Stan Lee, encouraged me and lent advice.
Steve Cassarino – “Chef Roc” starred as one of the “Clever Cleaver Brothers” on national television for 28 years. He now has the “Chef Roc” show (8 years), and recently moved filming from Hawaii to Hidden Oaks. We have several cooking shows in development. One in particular is with Chef Luc Argut and will be our first Spanish Language project. Steve just returned from the World Central Kitchen in Poland where he assisted Chef Andres in feeding Ukrainian refugees.
My wife supported my dream. and kept my vision real.
My mother told me that I could do anything I put my mind to. I took her literally.