Eddie Rios, a 10-year resident of Williams, believes life is calmer and more relaxed in a small town; and raising his family in a place where everyone knows everybody provides comfort for him and his wife.
“I have lived in big cities, the traffic and fast paced lifestyle wasn’t for me,” said Rios.
Rios grew up in Cudahy, Los Angeles County, and worked with Riverside Housing Authority for 12 years. “The Migrant Housing property I was managing was being shut down by the state, and at that time several counties were looking for Managers for their Centers. I was asked to come interview in Colusa County,” said Rios.
Rios landed the job at Williams Migrant Camp as the Program Manager and moved his family to Williams in the fall of 2007. Rios and wife Marcie have three children who all graduated from Maxwell High School.
His oldest son, Zach, attended the Art Institute and sparked an idea for Rios.
“Zach’s interest in the arts got us thinking we could start something small. I have always been creative, whether working with wood, sandblasting, etc.,” he said.
At his home in Williams, Rios built a small side business where he customizes uniforms for athletic programs, various groups, organizations, and local businesses.
“The steel tumblers are a coveted item right now and the sandblasted designs I do are starting to take off as well,” said Rios.
Rios has proudly showcased his work at many local opportunity raffles and fundraisers.
“I enjoy spending time with my family and making people smile,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason.”