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Hidden Gems: Meet Travis Ford of Travis Ford Woodworks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Travis Ford. 

Hi Travis, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Yakima, Washington in 1984. My parents raised my brother and me in Maui until I went off to college in 2002. My life pivoted when I met my wife in 2004 while I was studying Architecture at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After we got married, I moved to San Francisco, and then in 2007, we settled in San Diego. I am third generation carpenter and was blessed to work alongside my father since I was just in grade school. I worked as a carpenter for other contractors and refined my craft, but I always wanted to own my own business. In 2018, several life-changing events happened: I established my company, my daughter was born, and I became co-owner of HOB Coffee. I am passionate about my carpentry and the whole project management aspect of construction. It brings me satisfaction when I deliver joy to a client who gets exactly what they want. Building and creating with my own two hands is rewarding. My two kids and my wife are the reason for all my hustle and grind. My family is everything to me. Without my wife’s love and support, I would be nowhere near the craftsman, business owner, or the man I am now. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
What I love most about owning my own business is that I can help others. I seek to help all my employees and subcontractors build and sustain better lives. Providing opportunities for growth and gainful employment is meaningful but also challenging. My struggles have mainly been related to managing employees and subcontractors. It truly bothers me when I feel like I am doing all I can to set them up for success, but they lack the integrity and dedication to finish the job and do it right. Things like showing up for your shift or on the day that you committed to on a project are so important to overall success, but some people just do not prioritize it or lack the consideration to do it. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about Travis Ford Woodworks, Inc.?
I approach my business as relationship building and each job is about the person. For me, I am not doing a job for Mr./Ms. “fill in the blank,” but it’s more like “Gina-a wonderful woman who has recently retired from teaching and loves pottery.” I have been fortunate enough to make friends through jobs. I truly love to help people by simply using my skills to build, fix, and create what they need. I also believe in having high integrity. I will deliver on the job with my best and always plan to exceed expectations. Most of my jobs are returning customers or referrals from customers. 

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I love enjoying moments with my kids. They grow up way too fast. We are lucky to have both a son and daughter, and it’s a blessing to have them 12 years apart. Then we never had to really be empty nesters. 


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