A transmission lineman for Dominion Power, Paul Schmeling co-founded moving company as a side job.
He works to make moving hassle-free with dedication and a charismatic smile.
Starting Fauquier Moving Co. as a side business seemed natural to Paul Schmeling, who grew up in a military family and knows firsthand how stressful changing homes can be.
“We take pride in coming in and putting everyone at ease and making a stressful situation a pleasant one,” Mr. Schmeling said of the company that he and his wife own with a “silent partner.”
Based in Warrenton, his company will celebrate its second anniversary in July. It serves business and residential clients around the Piedmont.
Passionate about making the community a better place, Mr. Schmeling enjoys the bucolic nature of Fauquier County and live music at a variety of venues in town.
“Fauquier is where the sprawl stops and the country starts,” said the avid traveler, who once ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Town of Warrenton
Co-owner of Fauquier Moving Co., founded in July 2012; also has worked four years as a Dominion Power transmission linesman, based in Warrenton.
• Why do you do the job?
It’s what I learned to do first. It’s what I was good at. When I wanted to start a business, this is what I knew how to do. I grew up in a military family; my dad was in the Air Force, and we moved every couple of years. So, I know first-hand how stressful moving can be. We take pride in coming in and putting everyone at ease and making a stressful situation a pleasant one.
Wife, Christen, and son, Noah, 16.
Fauquier High School, 1995.
Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The Fauquier Moving Co. is part of the trade group, Virginia Movers and Warehousemen Association. I’m a member of the Handsome Hair Club for Men of Fauquier County.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
On and off since 1994.
• Why do you live here?
I like being part of the community. I like knowing everyone in town and walking places.
• How do you describe this county?
Fauquier is where the sprawl stops and the country starts.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Warrenton needs to be more amiable to pedestrians and minors. Warrenton needs more sidewalks. And if there aren’t any on a street, then there should be speed bumps.
• What do you do for fun?
Walk my dogs. I like to go to Whitney State Forest. My wife and I use to do open mic night at Molly’s Irish Pub. I like to go see live music in Old Town at Bluemont summer concerts and Drum & Strum (where his wife works). I like to eat at Claire’s at the Depot, Black Bear Bistro and Hidden Julles Café.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like Old Bust Head Road. I use to run with my dog there; it’s bucolic. Lees Ridge Road; if I had to move out of Warrenton, I would move there.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Hopefully it won’t be much different.
• Favorite TV show?
“Queen of Jordan,” “Homonyms” and “TGS”
• Favorite movie?
“Cool Hand Luke”
• Favorite book?
“The World According to Garp” by John Irving.
• Favorite vacation spot?
My idea of a vacation is to stay at home and have family come visit me. I traveled a lot when I was younger. Once, I went to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. I worked on a freighter in Alaska for three years. I rode my bicycle from Madison, Wisconsin, to Warrenton in 2004. It took about 25 days.
• Favorite food?
My wife’s cooking.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
The advice I live by comes from Theodore Roosevelt: “You have to do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
You can always make your community a better place.
A guy who I worked with on the boat in Alaska told me, “Always leave things better than then way you found them.”
• Who’s your hero and why?
My hero is anyone who does what they know is right, regardless of success or failure.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would buy all my closest friends a house so I could spend the money as fast as possible, because if I gave them cash, they would spend it on guitars and motorcycles.
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