We had the good fortune of connecting with O.P. Almaraz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi O.P., what role has risk played in your life or career?
In my experience, people almost always express the greatest amounts of regret over the opportunities that they didn’t attempt to seize as opposed to the opportunities they attempted to take advantage of and failed. Too often, I work with other business owners and managers who are so terrified of the risk of failure that they never even attempt to take advantage of it. Prior to the founding of Allied Restoration, I served as the Vice President of a large restoration company that I had helped to grow through much sacrifice. I gave time, energy and all of the passion I could muster to build this brand with the hopes that one day, I would be able to purchase the company. I approached the owner to sell and twice we had gotten within inches of making the transaction when he pulled out at the last minute. From the outside, my life looked perfect: I had a wife, three beautiful children and I had helped a multi million dollar company grow by 500% in a relatively short tenure. I was making a large income, especially considering my humble beginnings that started with me on government cheese and food stamps. I would have to be crazy to risk everything and start a company on my own in 2008 in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Nevertheless, I saw that the risk of inaction was stagnancy, depression and a glass ceiling exceeded the risk of action. The worst case scenario of failing at starting my own company would be financial, and I believed in the abundance of money and opportunity in my environment. I knew that it could be embarrassing and I was walking out on the best job I had ever had, but the thought of one day, looking back on this moment on my death bed with regret and a million ‘what if’ questions, would be a burden that was far heavier to bear. The greatest home run hitters of all time often have a large number of strike outs. You can’t swing for the fences without missing every once in a while, but I refuse to let myself be consumed with fear of embarrassment or failure. I will be the man in the arena that Teddy Roosevelt referenced and I will earn my right to use the word success.
What should our readers know about your business?
Allied Restoration works in Disaster Restoration following fires, floods and pandemic outbreaks. We started in 2008 in the depths of a financial depression and have grown to a thriving multi million dollar company out of an office that we purchased last year in West Covina, California. Through our company’s history, we have been successful through building a powerful and engaged culture of employees who see themselves as a tribe of people who grew up without silver spoons and traded in the chips on their shoulders for work boots and school books and we have climbed and learned our way to the top of our industry. We have learned that with wisdom and work ethic, we can achieve anything. We have lost multi million dollar accounts that forced us to pivot and create new verticals which led us to becoming the restoration contractor to the stars with Raving Fan Testimonials from celebrities and ultra high net worth individuals such as: Nancy O’Dell of Entertainment Tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOH8v0Bac6I Rosa Mow, founder of Bugle Boy Jeans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-qneBjNaH8 Stephanie and Charles Roven, co-Founder of Atlas Entertainment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZgMmVPmBGM Countless others found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlliedRestorationInc/videos We also faced a world wide pandemic and immediately transitioned our team to pandemic response disinfection where we successfully cleaned hundreds of thousands of square feet on behalf of medical and essential businesses to help them stay in business when California and the U.S. needed them most.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t know that they could have more fun than joining the team at Allied Restoration. I’d put them to work! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to my mother who, when my dreams were laughed at for the first time, came into my room and reminded me that we serve a mighty God who gave me the strength and ability to do anything I set my mind to.
Other: My TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxC1TOaUTAg