This month’s Meet the Team Q&A is with Greg Cresto, or as we call him here at SDLA, ‘Craig Fresco’.  Greg is one of our awesome programming and controls technicians. If you’re looking for someone with a keen understanding of technology and programming, Greg is your guy. When he isn’t mastering programs and controls in the San Diego area, you can find him in the outdoors or spending time with his niece and nephew. Let’s get to know more about Craig… ehem errr, I mean GREG!

 Q: How did you get started in the industry?

GC: Originally, I’m from California but I moved around quite a bit. I graduated with a degree in computer information systems, but it wasn’t until I was living in Texas when I had a family friend who knew I was looking for a change.  He connected me with Danny Cortez and we just hit it off from there. I moved back to California and have been working with SDLA for almost three years now.

Q: What do you like best about the culture at SDLA?

GC: Here, we work with a young, fun group, which makes coming to work really awesome.  I often get in trouble for being a little too much of a “social butterfly” or as Danny calls me a “time stealer” because whenever I come into the office I walk around and talk to everyone, usually not work-related.  We all get along well and do a lot together outside of work, like go to happy hours and play on a softball team. Like any family, we have our moments, but at the end of the day we are all really close, and that what helps us deliver impeccable service to our clients.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

GC: The best part about my job is being able to go out to different sites and see the projects we do from start to finish. I get to meet with different contractors to go over the project, make sure they understand what’s required and then once everything is installed, I go back and program it. I recently received my CALCTP/ATT certification, so now I can both program and certify jobs for Title 24. The concept of watching everything come full-circle is incredibly rewarding!

Q:  What’s your most memorable project? Alpine

GC: Definitely the Alpine Library project. There was a lot of time that went into making sure we got this right.  Not only was it a county project but it was going to be the first Net Zero building in San Diego County. The other thing that made it unique was that we were integrating it with BACnet/ip, which is the latest in data communication protocols for building automation. It was refreshing to do some things a little different, but also challenging at the same time. Even though Danny and I made A LOT of trips to Alpine, it was all worth it and was a great learning experience that has helped us tremendously in many jobs since.