One of my first experiences of significant employment was working for Canyon Construction, where I grew up in Napa Valley. We built hospital additions, remodeled restaurants, we crafted some amazing custom homes too. That's where I found my place in the custom home business. I transitioned from an apprentice to a journeyman with Chris at Canyon Construction.
After that I worked for John Mangiantini at Mangiantini Construction in Sonoma county for a couple years. I did everything from new homes and finishes to a huge high end hotel for him on the Sonoma Square. Even as a Journeyman the mentorship that his brilliant building techniques, knowledge, and tutelage provided to me made me a much better builder. He's an old school builder using cutting edge techniques, that taught me a lot. Although I did not work on any of the projects on his website, it shows perfectly the level of professionalism that is my entire background.
I worked for the Marsey Brothers for several years as a journeyman and project manager building some of the most impressive custom homes in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties. I worked on several (most) of the projects listed on their website. In fact I learned more working for them than all my previous experiences put together. They made all my book knowledge real. They took the time to explain everything from the how and why, to the why not, and what if. My work ethic developed there with the unofficial rule of "Five minutes early is five minutes late". Meaning be ten minutes early to roll out your tools and start working on time. Which is hard to do here on the river with downed trees, mudslides, snow, and roadwork, but the ethic is still there.
In 2013 my wife and I moved our family to Siskiyou county near Happy Camp. I have been building and remodeling homes here in the heart of the Klamath ever since.