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Industry Folks - Bear Readymix

image Joe Ochoa, General Manager, Bear Readymix, San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO - I got involved in the construction industry through my original job training in the U.S. Army as a technical engineering specialist. This led me to my previous employer where I worked for 15 years and learned how to be manager and business leader.

 

 

 

 

In February of this year, I transitioned from one family-owned company to another and have enjoyed being here at Bear. Working directly with the owner, our employees and customers have been great.
    I was born and raised in San Antonio.  My mother immigrated to the U.S. from Denmark in the early 1970s and settled in San Antonio.   My father, a Vietnam veteran and longtime law enforcement officer in Bexar County, was raised here in San Antonio.  They have both passed, my father in 2000 and my mother in 2009.
    Growing up, I had a couple of mentors, one being my high school JROTC instructor, retired LTC Bennie Boles.  He provided direction to a young guy at a crossroads and led me in the right direction.  To this day, I don’t know if he truly understood the impact he had on me and thousands of his students at Highlands High School.
    Another mentor was my grandfather Martin.  He was the epitome of selflessness and service to others.  As long as I could remember growing up, he was legally blind.  He was a master electrician and had retired before I was born. Even blind, he would help others with small engine work, fixing appliances and general electrical work, all done cheap or free.  He has since passed and is buried at Fort Sam Houston (Korean War veteran) along with my father, my uncle and my daughter, Destiny.
    After serving in the Army Reserves in Iraq, I became a volunteer firefighter.  I found volunteering helped fill the void after completing my time in the Reserves.
    I am a San Antonio Spurs fan, a Houston Texans fan, and a closet Cowboys fan, as my wife says.
    My family is very important to me.  I am married with four beautiful children, three sons (Brian, Jacob and Jered) and a 16-year-old daughter, Destiny, whom we lost in March of last year to epilepsy.  Since then I began volunteering for the Epilepsy Foundation, helping with fundraising and helping other parents at the counseling center who have lost children to this terrible affliction.  We help them cope, just as others helped us. I am now on the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation, Central and South Texas.
    Giving back to the community is very fulfilling.  I became vice president of the St. Hedwig Fire Department Board, as well as being a volunteer firefighter.
    After Hurricane Harvey in Houston, I went there to help wherever I could.  That is a shocking story.
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