Genesis Building Services
A Trusted Partner Since 1927
Not all companies can claim a history as long and dedicated as ours and we’re proud of that. In 1927 in San Francisco, Frank Ponstasuglio opened a window cleaning company called ABC Building Services. He passed the business to his sons, John and George, who expanded it to include janitorial services. The sons sold to George’s daughter, Gayle and son-in-law, Bob Viola, in 1975. Bob and Gayle grew the business exponentially until they passed it to the next generation. Their children, Teresa and Rob, opened for business as Genesis Building Services in 2003.
There was never any expectation from Bob and Gayle Viola that any of their three children Rob, Chris and Teresa, should take over the family business, they wanted nothing more of their children than to finish college and be self-sufficient. While all three children were exposed to the business by working summers and after school, it was Teresa and Rob that picked up the torch and continued the family business just the way their parents had taught them, from the best method of carpet stain removal, “pat, don’t rub”, to core business concepts, “all that counts is what you have done today”. As equal partners Teresa and Rob harmoniously share the ownership and responsibilities of Genesis Building Services. Both bring a different set of skills necessary to a running a successful business.
Teresa Reif, Owner and Founder
Rob Viola, Owner and President
Teresa has the ability to calmly breakdown any complex situation into simple solutions to reach her goals. In the seven years of working with her I have yet to see her back down from any challenge. Unwilling to compromise her personal or professional life she turned her office into a nursery and has brought all three of her sons to work for their first year. More than one operations meeting has been conducted with a baby crawling around the conference room. Her level-headed approach brings a focus to every challenge. Her trust in the people around her allows her to guide without micro-managing. In turn she is trusted to lead the company with her inexhaustible enthusiasm and sense of purpose.
Genesis Building Services defines itself as a partner not a vendor because of Rob’s ingenuity in solving any property’s need. From simple customization of an environmental solution program to opening a laundry division, Rob will always be the one that thinks a bit differently.