Richmond, Texas Pinch A Penny store owner, Valeska Davila, is no stranger to hard work and determination. From spending her childhood living in multiple countries, adopting her father’s strong work ethic, and becoming a business owner and operator, Valeska has shown that persistence can pay off.
Born in Venezuela, Valeska and her family moved to the United States in the 1990s. Their father wanted them to study English, and they were given the opportunity here in the States. The family moved back to Venezuela in the late 90s, but Valeska and her sister chose to return to the United States in the 2000s.
When they returned to the US, Valeska and her husband, Carlos, lived in Florida and owned a small pool company. When Valeska’s sister, Maivi, and her husband started considering a Pinch A Penny franchise opportunity in the Houston, TX area, they reached out to Valeska and Carlos about moving to Texas to go into a family business together.
“We felt it would be good to move to Houston because the market wasn’t already saturated with pool pros,” Valeska said. “Our previous business was a small business, so we wanted to grow and do something else.”
Valeska and her family opened their store in the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic. They initially found it challenging to hire employees for their franchise during the labor shortage, but they have since been able to add team members to help with the business. The pandemic proved the pool industry to be a recession-resistant franchise opportunity, and the stores could stay open with a high demand for service. The Texas freeze in February also helped to get their business off the ground and get them out in the community helping pool owners.
“We’re ‘get out there and figure it out,’ kind of people,” says Valeska. “We get to work, and we spot opportunities. The four of us got that business acumen from our dad – business owner, investor, and hard worker.”
Valeska and her family have adopted Texas as their home now and hope to stay grounded where they have built their business and found happiness. “I like Texas. My kids are happy here,” she says.
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