Hi, our names are … John and Trish Degraaf
Our company and titles are… Triton Cabinets, President and Vice President
A typical day in my life includes… Get up around 5 a.m., coffee, and head out to measure your garage and storage areas. Come back to office, do the drawing, quote, and email back to you.
My favorite thing about living/working in the Valley is… I love Arizona and finding new areas every time I go out to do an estimate.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… “Blazing Saddles.” One of the funniest movies ever made and they can’t make these anymore.
My family… Consists of my wife for 40 years, 4 grown hard working children, 3 boys and 1 girl, and 3 beautiful spoiled grandkids. There are a few dogs and a donkey in there, too.
The business lesson I learned the hard way is… Don’t overextend yourself and don’t let profits on paper fool you. And try like crazy not to have payables or receivables.
One thing I cannot live without is… My wife.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… Just like my dad.
The song I would sing at karaoke night is… Bohemian Rhapsody.
The one person who motivates me is… My dad did, now it’s my wife.
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was… My grandson.
The perfect day would be… Be done by noon, relax or go hangout with my kids and grandkids.
My first job was… working for my dad as an excavator and also a firefighter.
My life… couldn’t have been scripted better.
I’m currently working on… losing weight for my son’s wedding. I’m not doing very well.
The best gift I’ve ever received was… The opportunity to fly Italian fighter planes in a combat mission over Lake Pleasant. A close second was a flight in the Goodyear Blimp.
The actor I would want to play me in a movie of my life is… Chris Farley, God rest his soul.
My dream vacation would be to… I have lived a life of dream vacations! My family has visited all 50 states and about 22 countries. We love to travel.
My words of wisdom to aspiring business owners… Stay focused on what you do best. Keep it simple and stay ahead of your competition and never follow! Don’t worry about competing by price; build a product or company that customers respect and remember: if you have an appointment, be 15 minutes early and never late! Contact them that morning as a courtesy you are coming. Know your product and be confident in what you are selling. Never oversell, treat someone how you dream of being treated, it’s not always about the dollar. Most important… if things ever start going south (and they will), don’t give up! Meet with your suppliers, bank, whomever, figure out a plan, talk to them about it and you’ll amaze yourself in how you can turn things around.