SAN JOSE – Jason Pae had been a computer parts distributor for years when he was given an unexpected chance to enter a totally different industry. “In 2009, my friend informed me that he was returning to his home country and asked if I’d be interested in taking over his flooring business,” he recounts. “It was quite an experience because I was jumping into a completely unfamiliar industry and had a lot to learn. Fortunately, thanks to the experience I had running my own business, I was able to keep things afloat while I got acclimated to my new professional field. Today, I’m really enjoying my second career in flooring.”
As owner of Grand Flooring, Jason says his favorite part of his job is the interpersonal interaction. “I enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with people. Sometimes it can be challenging—after all, there are all kinds of people out there—but more often than not, it’s a pleasure.”
Originally from Korea, Jason is a longtime resident of the San Jose area, where he lives with his wife, Sung Lee, and their daughters, Ashley and Catherine. Outside of work, he enjoys pursuing sports-related interests like playing golf and watching football (he’s a longtime 49ers fan). “I also like spending time with my family, whether going out to eat or going on vacation,” he adds.
In regard to his professional career, Jason espouses a unique philosophy. “Flooring installation is basically blue-collar work, but to do it right, you need to have a white-collar mindset,” he explains. “There are a lot of flooring installers that can do the job, but they fall short when it comes to addressing the finer details or following up with customer service. So, to stand apart from our competitors, we bring a white-collar mindset to the trade and put service and quality at the forefront.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Jason says he’d combine two of his favorite activities. “I’d probably travel more and play more golf. I’d love to play at some of the famous golf courses around the world.”