Garcia acknowledges that his job often requires much of his time, making a work-life balance difficult. Emergency responses and rulemaking teamwork can be tough—mentally and physically. “You look to your side and you see your friends and colleagues working just as hard right next to you. They’re the motivation. We count on each other to get the job done.”
Garcia learned an appreciation of hard work from his father, an Army veteran, who taught him that “there is no job that is too big or too small.” He recalls his father performing menial tasks like sweeping and taking on driving routes at his job, despite his status as general manager of the company. “I have high expectations for myself because I want my son to be proud of me the way I was proud of my dad,” he said.
Garcia is wired to be a people-pleaser, but part of his job is to make tough calls that don’t make everyone happy. “It was hard for me, especially in positions of management, that I couldn't always please everybody. It took me a while to get over that,” he said.