PETALUMA − Like many professionals who learned their trade by working alongside a parent, Ron Evenich was introduced to construction at an early age. “My father was a drywall contractor, and I started working with him when I was just a kid,” he recounts. “After high school, I starting doing framing work for a couple different contractors, and after about five years, I got my license and struck out on my own.”
Today, as owner of Evenich Construction, Inc., Ron says his favorite part of his job is its intrinsic variety. “Construction isn’t like an office job, where you perform the same work over and over again. There’s something different every day, which I’ve always enjoyed.”
A lifetime resident of Petaluma (where he lives with his wife, Becky, and their children, Shelby and Ty), Ron says he appreciates the close-knit character of his hometown. “Petaluma was a good town to grow up in and it’s been a really good place to raise my kids as well. The people are very nice here and it’s a great community to be a part of.”
Outside of work, Ron engages in a variety of activities, from hunting and fishing to snow and water sports. “Our family enjoys getting outdoors,” he affirms. “We spend a lot of time in the Tahoe/Donner area, both hunting and going skiing at North Star. Also, my son and I take a trip to Montana every year to go hunting.” Ron also maintains an active involvement in his local community. “I’ve been on the board of Liberty Elementary School for 15 years, and I’m involved with youth sports leagues like Sonoma County Alliance Soccer and ACES Baseball.” In addition, Ron likes to keep in touch with his and Becky’s oldest daughter, Sharee, and their grandson.
In his life and career, Ron espouses the virtues of taking a calm, collected approach to everyday problems. “Life’s too short to get all worked up and stressed out, which is why I like to take things one day at a time,” he explains. “This is particularly important in terms of my career. In construction, there’s always a new challenge or issue, so you have to take things in stride. Being proactive about planning and communication helps things go more smoothly, but it’s equally important to be calm when they don’t go as planned.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Ron says he’d spend some time working on his property. “I’m a bit of a workaholic—when I’m not working in the field, I’m usually working around my house. There are a few areas of my property that could use a little TLC, so I’d use the extra time to address some of those things.”