Jayson Emerian applies his degree in mechanical engineering in an unexpected way — as a contractor. The founder of Trinity Construction talks about what led him to contracting and his outlook for his business's future.
Question: What's the nature of your business?
We are a general contractor/electrical contractor. We focus on high-end custom remodels and additions and also install large-scale solar fields throughout California.
What's the history of your business? How did it get started?
After I graduated from Fresno State with a mechanical engineering degree, there were few jobs in town. I was working with a good friend framing houses and enjoyed being outside working with people. After that, I started my own company.
What are your biggest challenges?
Convincing clients that they actually get what they pay for. Finding trustworthy employees is also a challenge.
What are your biggest rewards?
Seeing the smile on a client's face when we leave the house.
What are some of the lessons you've learned so far?
There are too many to list but one of the biggest lessons is making sure that we follow the code and the law on whatever projects we are working on. It's easy to cut corners, but quality suffers when that happens.
What's your philosophy on customer service?
We are here for the long haul. As a young general contractor, we are looking to partner with our clients and become their go-to contractor for every need. Whether it's a small or large job we want to help them take care of their house or property.
What's your fondest memory from your time with your business?
Installing a solar project in Ontario. The final product was a truly beautiful site — a one-megawatt system with over 3,800 solar panels.
What's the most unique thing you've done for a customer?
Everything from a custom fully furnished playhouse to a coffee maker in the master bathroom. We enjoy the unique challenge that comes with custom work.
Trinity Construction Enterprises Inc.
Owners: Jayson and Silva Emerian
Phone: (559) 313-9612
Annual sales: $1.4 million
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