We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Over the past 9 months my work life balanced has pretty much become 14-17 hours of work five to six days a week. I know it’s not the most glamorous thing to say but I also think it’s important to show the real grit that comes with owning a company. I think social media has allowed so many people to just front this life style when in reality it’s grind. But this is what takes at the moment since we are in transition to growing the business more. I think once we get more established in are new areas we can pull back the reins and catch are breaths. But rite now it’s grinding time and I honestly love it. I only need an hour to lift weights and six to sleep so I’m doing alright.
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 business a garage door installation company. What’s sets us apart is our clientele and our reputation. We do a lot of high end coastal homes. I think I pride and craftsmanship is what sets us apart. So many companies want to get in and out. But we really pride our selves in taking our time and making sure every door we install is done perfectly. I love when a home owner or builder is blown away with how well the door works. I think it’s a lost art in a way. We got to where we are today through just good quality work. Keeping appointments standing by our word and product I think has been what’s helped us grow so much.. We run no adds no numbers on the trucks kind of covert and we always keep a few weeks back log of work. Our customer base is all word of month and I think there’s something to be said about that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d have to take my friends out to the ever glades take them out on a buggy. Then drag them down to the keys and take them fishing either ocean side or out in the bay on the flats. Food wise I’d stop at Tom Jenkins bbq for some food I think they have some of the best bbq in south Florida. I’m in the keys where going to Alfredo’s There is nothing Alfredo and his boys can’t whip up that taste amazing and it’s local vibe nothing flashy. The servers his nephew’s are pouring drinks and always have a great story for you. Night life wise being covid I’d probably be hosting every one just a fun vibe maybe have some food on the grill. Have the corn hole out and just every one kicking back.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandfather is definitely my main influence. He came from Cuba with nothing and has built a successful garage door manufacturing company. At one point he and my father had a large installation and manufacturing company and they had many big developments in south Florida under contract. I think my end goal would be that. Im currently doing a lot of high end and I’d love to keep that but if I could get a crew to do developments that would be even better. Success leaves clues so I’m just looking at dad and grandpas play book. I’m grateful and fortunate to still have both that I can turn to for advise.
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