Hot Guy Corner
∙ First, I would like to thank you Alessa for considering me for your blog. It truly is an honor. I am very grateful and very flattered.
1. Tell us a little about yourself:
Hello my name is Alan Jason Richards Jr. I am 42 years old. I was born in Ashford, England. I come from diverse parents. My father is British and my mom is Salvadorian. I have been living in Miami since 1986. I married my high-school sweetheart, Jackie in 1997. We met in 1995 (a long fucking time, right?). Anyway, we have three amazing children, Alizee (24), Savannah (19) and Vincent (13).
2. Three words to best describe yourself:
I always find these tricky, because is hard to speak of myself personally. I am always attempting to be better or be the best version of myself; however, at this particular moment in time, I find myself truthfully being, dedicated, motivated and creative.
3. Tell us about your business:
My business is called “The Woodshop Miami”. We pride ourselves in custom woodwork. We create custom woodwork fabrication entirely from scratch. We create one of a kind pieces for our clients. The work that we perform ranges from:
* Custom Kitchens
* Custom Closets
* Custom Vanities
* Furniture Fabrication
I can truly say we do wood working at any and all levels. I also design, also finish and installation. The business as an entity strives to always go above our client’s expectations, while providing a seamless experience.
4. What is your ideal project?
I would have to say that my ideal project, would have to be (coming from a person that has to wear many hats and is in the trenches of every aspect of this business) having the client say “wow”. That is what I consider the ideal job.
5. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
On a personal level, my biggest accomplishment is the amazing family I have created alongside my wife. On a business level, my biggest accomplishment/s have come when I have had to complete successfully a difficult/challenging project. That challenging feeling takes me to the next level, which keeps me focus, on task and determined. I really enjoy that. Of course, once the work is completed successfully.
6. What has been your favorite project so far?
It’s really hard to say what has been my favorite project so far. I have done so many. What I do enjoy and can be consider my “favorite” is when client’s allow me to use my creativity and give me free range to create. However, if I had to pick one project that I have liked the most “favorite”, I would say the Ferrari kitchen (video below). It was a fun experience using different/new mediums.
7. What has been your biggest hurdle?
My biggest hurdle has been trying to balance my business life with my family life. It seems tremendously difficult at times. The woodshop takes a lot of focus and dedication in order to remain successful. My family also falls under the same, but I try to do the best I can.
8. When and how did you get into this field?
At the age of 16 I got a summer job with a construction company. I started from the bottom as a laborer, then worked myself to a carpenter apprentice, trim carpenter, lead carpenter, job site supervisor, then project manager. I learned how to build cabinets and I was hooked with creating something out of nothing. I decided to quit the job I had at the time and decided that with my skills, I could be my own boss and venture into starting my own company.
9. For someone who wants to start a business in this industry – what is your best advice?
The best advise that I could give anyone, who wants to start in this kind of business is to ensure that they have a solid background in carpentry. Be versatile, focused and take pride in what you produce. In this business, I have come to learn/understand that the secret to success is in the details.
10. Where can people find you?
Linkedin.com: Alan Richards (Owner of The Woodshop Miami)