Meet Francisco Martinez
Francisco “Kiko” started his new role as Superintendent in August, but in some ways, it was just an extension of his earlier position as an estimator/concrete specialist. “I’ve always done what I am doing – now it’s on a larger scale,” he says.
These days, Kiko manages 5-6 TARC projects a week. As superintendent, he provides field management, oversees operation logistics, communicates among the general contractors, architects, engineers and subcontractors, and makes sure the project adheres to safety protocols (use of PPEs) and OSHA regulations, all while maintaining a consistent connection with the client from the field, reporting progress, keeping on schedule, and notifying them of any changes.
“I have a pulse on anything concrete,” Kiko explains. “Being superintendent is definitely a step-up in my career and a responsibility I am very blessed to have. I enjoy working at TARC and contributing to our continued success.”
A longtime sports fan, Kiko played baseball and basketball in high school. Working as a team, knowing how to pick yourself up after a loss, and learning from past efforts are all rooted in his background. Now a coach for his daughter’s softball team, he knows the value of both winning and losing.
“You learn as much if not more from a game lost than from a game won,” he explains. The most important part of Kiko’s sports experience is his 12+ years in martial arts. The mental and emotional strength he learned from Taekwondo is an insight he carries with him day to day, and one he hopes to pass on to his young son in the near future. On the job, Francisco can attest to using these principles of Taekwondo, often in subtle ways.
“TARC is my new dojo,” Kiko says. “The five tenets of Taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit, all work with TARC too.” Recently, Kiko has devoted his passions to restoring classic cars, giving them lots of TLC (and presumably lots of $$). Though his next vintage may be the Studebaker, his current project is a 1956 Chevy. Like he tells his wife, “it’s done, but never finished.”