When Steve Garcia was 9 years old, he just wanted to spend time with his brother, Val Garcia, 14 years his senior. Steve would go over to see Val, and Val, already the entrepreneur, would put Steve to work in his auto mechanic shop.
“I used to go over there and I used to help him overhaul motors and pull transmissions,” says Steve. “And I was just a kid, but we’d spend all day and all night working on the vehicles. … I was always there learning and trying to be by his side.”
A little more than a decade later, when the time came for Val to open a building service contracting business, the same sibling dynamic carried forward, and Steve jumped on board.
Fast forward to today, and the Brothers Garcia are still going strong. They’re now business partners, celebrating 25 years of the contract cleaning company started by Val, now known as SMI Facility Services, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.