Erik Bergstrom is a 15-year veteran of the construction industry and president of EBCON Corporation, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 735-3385 or by email.

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Erik Bergstrom: A Natural Builder

  • Erik Bergstrom is president of EBCON Corporation.

  • Erik after a triathlon

  • Erik and family enjoy a vacation

  • Erik's faithful companion, Kodi

  • Erik and Kodi enjoy a dive

  • Fishing is one of Erik's favorite pastimes.

  • Erik and his buddy Kodi at the beach

  • Erik and his wife, Leslie-Ann

Erik Bergstrom: A Natural Builder
"I was able to operate a belt sander at the age of seven."

REDWOOD CITY – When Erik Bergstrom started working in the construction industry, he was simply looking to make some extra cash while he pursued a degree in finance, but as he spent more time on jobsites and saw the results of his hard work, he began to realize his true passion. “During my sophomore year of college, I was working for a contractor who was building a spec house near my parents’ place in Redwood City,” he remembers. “I swept floors and helped out where I was needed, and I just fell in love with it. Working with my hands and seeing the day-to-day progression of a project gave me a lot of pride. After I graduated, that same contractor offered me a full-time position, and I spent the next couple years learning different skills and trades before striking out on my own. I applied for my contracting license, took the test and passed the first time around. The rest is history!”

Even though he didn’t originally plan for a career in construction, Erik has building in his blood—his father spent some time in the steel industry, and his grandfather was a union pile driver who worked on the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project. “I was able to operate a belt sander at the age of seven,” he laughs. “I remember helping my grandfather and acting as his gopher on plumbing projects—you know, running underneath the house and bringing him materials he needed. Construction has definitely been part of my life for many, many years.”

Construction isn’t the only consistent thread throughout Erik’s life—he was born and raised in Redwood City, and even though he’s traveled all over the world, he still lives about five blocks from where he was born. “I really appreciate the San Francisco Peninsula’s sense of community…and, of course, the weather is a big factor,” he says. “This area has a very mild climate, so it’s pretty much perfect year-round, which is great for me because I love the outdoors. In three and a half hours, I could be snowboarding or skiing, and in an hour I could be scuba diving or fishing. The weather is also important for the type of work I do. I can remember maybe 12 days in the past 10 years that we weren’t able to work because of weather. Occasionally we have to deal with moisture, but it’s hardly the same as dealing with constant rain or snow.”

When he’s not remodeling homes or enjoying his favorite pastimes, Erik spends most of his time with his wife, Leslie-Ann, and their daughter, Stella. “Having a child has definitely been a transition, but she’s the joy of my life,” he says. “My wife and I can’t wait to get her involved in outdoor activities like bike riding, hiking and swimming. Until then, we have our first child—Kodi, our yellow Labrador. He goes with us to the beach, and I take him on hunting and fishing trips. He’s a great dog.”

Erik has encountered his share of unique construction challenges over the years, and he says he’s learned from those experiences and applied them to the way he lives his life. “I take every challenge as a learning experience. That’s one of the most exciting things about working in the Bay Area—we’re able to tap into cutting-edge technology and get the first look at a lot of new products. It’s a constantly evolving industry, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sport?

A: I’ve never really been a traditional sports fan, but I like offbeat activities like scuba diving and wake surfing. Skiing and snowboarding are my absolute favorites.

Q: What’s your favorite band?

A: I’ve always been a huge Metallica fan, but I have a pretty eclectic taste in music—I’ll listen to anything from old-school rap to hair bands to country.

Q: What country would you most like to visit and why?

A: Namibia. I think it’s a great representation of what Africa has to offer—nice weather, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and hospitality in a stable political climate.

Q: What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

A: I ate cow udder in Argentina. It’s pretty chalky, but when you wash it down with their fantastic wine it’s not too bad.

Q: What’s your favorite local wine?

A: Kosta Browne’s Pinot Noir.

Q: What’s your favorite smell?

A: Fresh-cut hickory.

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