MILLBRAE – As second-generation owner of AWC, Ron Frediani hasn’t just maintained his family’s company—he has also managed to expand upon its capabilities. “My dad and uncle started AWC in 1946 and I started working for them in 1965,” he remembers. “Over time, we’ve branched out from mainly doing window cleaning to providing services like gutter cleaning and power washing. About 12 years ago, we added air duct cleaning to our repertoire. Not only that, the company is now in its third generation with my son, Joe, who will take over when I retire.”
Today, after more than 50 years with the company, Ron says his favorite part of his job is interacting with customers. “For many years, I was out in the field doing the work, so I appreciate the fact that I’m now able to focus solely on dealing with customers. This allows me to put all my energy into making sure we’re providing great service and keeping our customers satisfied.”
A resident of San Mateo County (where he lives with his wife, Carol), Ron spends much of his time outside of work volunteering in his local community. “I’m a longtime Lions Club member, and I previously served as president of our local chapter,” he explains. “I do a lot of community service through the club and help oversee a lot of our projects. One of our big programs right now is providing free eye exams for local children.” When he’s not busy serving his community, Ron likes to relax by watching sports and taking the occasional trip to Hawaii.
In his life and career, Ron espouses the importance of the family dynamic. “We try to treat our customers like we would treat our family and friends,” he affirms. “I think the family dynamic has always been the greatest aspect of our business. Since we’re a family-run business, we get to know our customers and they get to know us.”
When asked what his future retirement will look like, Ron says his life won’t change too much. “I’m the kind of guy who needs to stay busy, so I’ll probably keep doing a lot of the same things I do now. Wherever I am, I like to be active and involved with whatever is going on around me.”