PLEASANTON − After several years in the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry, Eric Warm had reached a professional plateau. Fortunately, thanks to an uncommon drive to succeed (along with a helpful referral), he was able to advance his career to new heights. “I used to be an assistant plant manager at COIT, which was about as far as I could go up the ladder,” he recalls. “I got involved in the window industry when the plant manager at COIT referred me to a management job with a vinyl window manufacturer. From there, I got into window sales and consulting, and in 1989, I opened my own business.”
Today, as president of Quality Windows & Doors, Inc., Eric says his favorite part of his job is helping customers find the right products. “A big part of our job is learning our customers’ particular needs and matching them with products that meet those needs. After going through the process from selection to installation, it’s very satisfying to see the customer happy with the final result.”
Originally from Southern California, Eric moved to the Bay Area when he was 13 years old and today resides in Pleasanton with his wife, Marianne. Outside of work, he stays physically active by engaging in his favorite pastime: tennis. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was a kid,” he says. “I played in college, and I still play several times a week with friends and family.” Speaking of family, Eric also enjoys spending time with his and Marianne’s children, Nicole and Billy, and their grandson, Isaac.
In regard to his professional career, Eric espouses the importance of providing helpful expertise. “Since we have a showroom, we get a lot of customers who come in with questions,” he explains. “This makes it extra important for us to be on our game in terms of product knowledge, since they’re depending on us to help them make informed decisions. That’s why we strive to provide good communication and customer service in addition to quality products and workmanship.”
When asked what his future retirement might look like, Eric says he’ll continue to pursue the same activities he currently enjoys. “I’ll continue to play tennis, spend time with my kids and just enjoy life. Maybe I’ll compete on the senior men’s tennis tour!”