February 19, 2014
Faces of Fauquier: Summer job evolved into a career
“It’s a beautiful community . . . a nice atmosphere to raise a family," Florida native Richard Mast says of Fauquier County.
There are friendly people. Fauquier County hasn’t lost its Southern hospitality, which I love, coming from the South myself.
He proudly calls himself a Fauquier County small business owner.
Richard Mast’s company, GIB-MOR Inc., specializes in lawn maintenance and snow and leaf removal for businesses and homeowners.
“I love to be outside in the natural elements, especially in the summer. I enjoy smelling fresh-cut grass,” said Mr. Mast, who grew up doing yard work every summer.
He recently took over the company where he had worked for nine years.
“I take pride in giving people the service we promised. We won’t cut corners,” Mr. Mast said.
Originally from Florida, he enjoys the Southern hospitality of Fauquier County.
Owner of GIB-MOR Inc., a commercial and residential lawn maintenance and snow and leaf removal company, based in Broad Run. Mr. Mast in January 2013 took ownership of the family-run business that Bill Morris launched in 1967.
• Why you do the job?
I love to be outside in the natural elements, especially in the summer. I enjoy smelling fresh-cut grass and I take pride in taking care of communities. I grew up as a kid doing this type of work every summer.
Wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Keely, 5, and Addison, 1.
Sunnyside Mennonite School in Sarasota, Fla., 1997.
• Civic and/or church involvement
Member of McLean Bible Church in Manassas campus. Volunteer at Midland Church of the Brethren.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 2001. I have lived here longer than I have lived anywhere else.
• Why do you live here?
It’s a beautiful community. It’s a nice atmosphere to raise a family. You live somewhat in the country, but still have culture for the kids.
• How do you describe this county?
It’s a cultured horse county. There is definitely a horse culture in the northern end. There are friendly people. Fauquier County hasn’t lost its Southern hospitality, which I love, coming from the South myself.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Probably as a business owner, lower taxes. The taxes for small businesses here are high. The cost of going to the landfill for small businesses is high, too.
• What do you do for fun?
Golf, travel to see family, go to Lake Anna to water ski, and ride my motorcycle.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Warrenton. I like the atmosphere and the food — especially El Agave, Mandarin Buffet & Sushi, and on special occasions, The Iron Bridge Wine Co. (recently renamed The Bridge).
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
More developed. The countryside is slowly giving way to houses.
• Favorite TV show?
Reality shows, such as “Ax Men.”
• Favorite movie?
I don’t really have one.
• Favorite book?
I don’t read much. I like “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell.
• Favorite vacation spot?
Williamsburg. It has lots of activities, and it’s fun for the big kids and the little kids.
• Favorite food?
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Treat everything as if it was your own and it will be great work. My dad used to always say that.
• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad, because he was honest and had a great work ethic. If he shook your hand, it was a solid agreement, no paperwork needed.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably pay off my debts and help friends and family.
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• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.
• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.
• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.
• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.
• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.
• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.
• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.
• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native
• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.
• His job dovetails with passion for hunting
• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.
• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people
• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.
• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.
• He lives and works in a beautiful place.
• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.
• Pretty things everywhere she looks.
• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.
• One day, he might run the company.
• FISH volunteer likes to help others.
• She sees the community’s generosity.
• Cop patrols while most people sleep.
• Pastor a constant in Calverton.
• She keeps the courthouse spotless.
• He loves working working outdoors at the park.
• She sees “everyone” at Carousel
• Library assistant works in a “fun place"
• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton
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