Trini Ledesma is shown working at his business, Pacific Brake & Tire at 318 North F St. The business has been in Lompoc for 20 years, with Ledesma running it for the last 21⁄2 years.

Name: Trini Ledesma

Business: Pacific Brake & Tire

Location: 318 North F St., Lompoc

Phone: 736-1441

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

What products and services do you offer?

We offer tires, brakes and alignments.

Who are your customers?

They come from all around — the base, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria, Lompoc — pretty much around this area.

How many people do you employ?

I employ one person.

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How long have you been in business?

This business has been here for 20 years. I took it over about 2 1⁄2 years ago.

How did you get into this business?

I worked as an employee in the tire business for 23 years. But it's always been a dream of mine to own my own business. Finally I got the opportunity to do that and I went for it. The former owner of this business, George Beeghly, worked with me to make this business my own. I had known George, known as Big George, for about 20 years.

What do you like most about owning your own business?

I like the freedom. I like to be able to control of the quality of work that comes out.

What do you find most challenging about owning this business?

None, I'm having a good time.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to hang out with the family. Sometimes I hang out with friends. I ride my mountain bike. And I go to Dodger games. I'm a big Dodger fan.

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