We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Gonzales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The Pandemic definitely caused shift in how I work. Prior to this past year the scale was tipped too far to the side of work. We were forced to re-think how we work and adapt to the situation. A blessing in disguise was that I ended up having more time at home, with my family. I started to appreciate this lifestyle change which included not only time with my family but time for my health. I am committed to take more deliberate time as we move forward. It forced me to ponder how I need to adjust the workings of the company as to provide more balance for myself as well as for my employees. The concept of work smarter not harder comes to mind. When life is out of balance, everything suffers. It is also very important to compartmentalize, to focus on work when at work and then shift at home to be present with your family and yourself.
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?
I am most proud of the team I have built at San Diego Custom Cabinets. We have grown exponentially each year, now with 19 employees in our office and field and 37 in our shop. Each member of our team brings something special to the table which significantly contributed to where we are today and it all happened rather organically. I continue to be excited about perfecting the craft of building cabinetry and refining our processes. These are things that keep us both fresh and humble, knowing that there is always more we can learn and integrate. I am also excited to get back and give back to the community post pandemic like we did prior. Working in a city in which I was raised and am now raising my own family, I feel a sense of responsibility to not only provide great product and service but to give back in any way I can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Charlie’s Best Bread in Pacific Beach for a little morning coffee and bite to eat (one of the last few real bakeries in town) Hike the trails of Torrey Pines down to the beach La Jolla Tide Pools – to explore sea life up close Lunch or Dinner at Cafe Athena (some of the best Mediterranean in San Diego) – Pacific Beach, Garnet Paddle Boarding – Mission Bay Point Loma, Liberty Station open market or One Paseo Del Mar- dining/shopping Evening stroll in Little Italy – grab a Gelato or go all out at Extraordinary Desserts
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who I consider mentors and helped get me where I am today but specifically in growing the cabinetry business this one comes to mind. In the process of getting my business off the ground, one of the first big contractors I worked with was Steigerwald and Doughtry. Dave and Don really took me under his wing, by providing both advice and opportunity to work on some larger scale projects. They took an interest in my business and entrusted me with projects that expanded my knowledge. Their mentorship and repeat business was key in our initial growth and we continue that relationship moving forward.