GORDON DANIELS Family members, from left, Santos, Juan and Alexander Carballo run the Starr's Pizza at 59 Main Street, Florence. Santos and Alexander are the owners and Juan is their father. Also the mother, Mercedes, works there also. Purchase photo reprints »
Job title and company: Santos Carballo, co-owner of Starr’s Pizza, 59 Main St., Florence
Your duties: Run day-to-day operations.
How did you land your job? My brother and I decided to buy a pizza place.
What’s most challenging about your work? Finding good products to use and keeping up on the paperwork.
What do you like about your job? I like to cook and make any special requests from my customers.
What is your key to success? I am still working on this, but so far it’s our loyal customers.
How do you feel the Valley economy will fare this year? I think the economy will do OK. I know it’s hard for many people, but the people who live in this area try to help the local businesses as much as they can.
Why did you choose to do business in the Valley? I like it here and my family is here.
Who has helped mentor you professionally? There is not one person in particular, but I have learned different things from my employers over the years.
Name a few of your goals for the coming year: Increase business and bring in new customers.
Tell us a little-known fact about you: I am a very hard and dedicated worker.
What is your advice for others seeking business success? You need to have a lot of patience and time; if you are going to go into business with someone, choose someone you know that you can work with.