We had the good fortune of connecting with Gavin Fleming and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gavin, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Northern California. My mother worked for restaurants her entire life, and not having much money for a sitter back in the day, she would bring my older brother and I to work with her and help out. This is where I give all my experience credit to! This will make anyone grow into a mature individual. Being forced into awkward situations, people demanding, then being super nice all in the same dining. Really shows one how to adapt to certain situations and at the same time, improve your communication skills. I’ve learned to talk with many types of walks of life. I also played team sports my entire life, multiple sports and teams at once. My mother knew how to keep me busy. I loved practicing to get better for the games. My entire sports career taught me a lot about how to work with others, keep pushing, and how to be a leader, even when you are down. Hard work pays off in the end. Plus, I wasn’t too shabby of an athlete either, that made it a lot of fun for me too!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My Career…? Well it has been a long one that’s for sure. I’ve been managing the same business for 14 years, I”m 33 years old now so that’ll tell you something. Everyday is different in my industry. I think this is what separates me. I have to constantly be flexible in my career line and have certainly learned a lot of patience along the way. It has pushed me to my limits at times but I keep on pushing with my extra energy that everyone says I have. I keep my motivations very clear to and remind myself the rewards that will come. I’m most proud of my continued awards my business receives year after year that draws new clients and new business partners. I love to see my business in a big movie show or reality TV series as a location they’re enjoying. It’s always fun being around the film crew and the celebrities.
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?
Oh yes! Showing San Diego off is one of my favorites things to do, people are always asking to come stay. I’m always finding new places to try but often find myself going back to my favorites. There’s so much to offer here, it’s hard to narrow it down. I have many food obsessions in my life actually haha! Don’t let my slim(ish) figure fool you. I’m often asked where is a good place is, although I often respond with “What type of food are you craving?” Because San Diego has so much to offer! I do have a few favorites I’m glad to share. Cafe Coyote is my number one for Mexican food… For “Taco Tuesdays” though, I’m at Sunnies Mexican Cuisine, all the way, Say hi to the owner for me, Isreal Stanley, ex-NFL Lineman for San Diego Charger. And you’re on the ocean, beach city of San Diego. You have to eat seafood while here so I suggest the Fish Market! It’s something fresh and when you have the options they do, it’s always delicious! Poke is da BOMB! My guest always thank me for taking them there. For my grab and go breakfast I’m often caught at Ob Donuts. It’s something I’ve eaten since I was 5 years old. It hasn’t changed one bit and the breakfast sandwiches are addicting, You have been warned. I’m not joking, I’ve probably had at least a 1000 of them in my lifetime…yes yes, I know I know. shhhh I don’t need to hear it. I should have my photo on the wall or something… ha! For sit down, I love Breakfast Republic, specifically the one in Ob, the line is much shorter than most of their other locations, although they are in no need of advertising, I am obsessed with their Vegetarian Tostadas. I’m not even vegetarian, actually very far from it, and these little suckers are stupid good! For a good drink spot I go for an ocean view usually such as, OB Wonderland or South Beach Bar and Grill. I love myself a good sunset at Lahaina’s in PB too. A cruise down Mission Beach Boardwalk on a beach cruiser with a road soda is always a nice time as well If I’m with a group and we are out having a good time, the breweries on Newport Ave in Ob are my go to or if I’m feeling a bit wild, I’ll take the crew over to PB and roam from there. Everyone meets back up at the beach and we end the day to the famous sunsets San Diego so graciously gives us. The trip must consist of as much beach time as humanly possibly as well. Get that SUN!!! I’m all about being at the beach, it has something for everyone. Action sports to Divas to little babies. The beach is definitely the spot to be! I suggest Ocean Beach for surfing, Pb for chilling and Mission Bay for all other recreation, plenty of chill spots for all to enjoy. I find myself taking my wakeboat out with my guest visiting most the time as well. All that chilling gets us a craving for some adrenaline. Done with the beach, ready for more water, it’s everywhere! I try to make sure we are always taking advantage of this amazing weather. I love eating outdoors and experience the outside options so many places in San Diego have to offer. Lets talk about the things I do with everyone that visits me. You must get in the ocean, if you don’t get white washed by a wave while here then you’re not doing it right. I usually try to throw in some sort of fishing, lobsters, tuna, whatever. It’s always a season and San Diego is a hot spot! I’m not the best fisherman but I do decent in San Diego. Ha I love me some good fresh seafood! Bon Fire is a must. Period. Beach or backyard or even a community gathering around one. This will make memories… Sunset, watch as many sunsets as possible while here. My family says I’m obsessed, but I’m a firm believer in, you never know when your last sunset will be so enjoy this one to the most. No sure who said that but I’m sure it was some famous person or something like that. ha Hit a theme park, the Zoo or SeaWorld (My 5 year old, going on 13, suggest Seaworld “from its got cool climbing and dolphins” but my 2 year old says” the zoo, the zoo” is the way to go. If up to it, I usually push my guest to hit the OG roller coaster(not sure the name), Mission Beach Boardwalk, for some good times. Seems to bring the kid out of some people. And when was the last time you were on an old school roller coaster, it’s a good time no matter who you are!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give my Shoutout to my mother. I wouldn’t be who I am today without here upbringing. She taught me everything there is to know about life. I’m still learning from her today. It never stops. She turns 70 years old in just a few days, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!