August 2020

Men Behind the Business: Rob Cavano and Charles Arriola

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Rob Cavano and Charles Arriola
Coastal Countertops & Tile

What services does your business offer?
We are a custom fabricator/installer of both natural and engineered stone for all countertop applications, both interior and exterior. We specialize in high-end residential and light commercial projects here in the Lowcountry and in the Caribbean.

What is your motto in life?
Have fun! If not now, when?

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
Anything related to golf, the Caribbean, the Lowcountry and FOOD!

To what do you attribute your success?
My parents, who instilled a tremendous work ethic in me, and my business partner—could not do this without him.

How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation? Something else?
Stability. Also, ensuring the people we’ve surrounded ourselves with (employees) are taken care of.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to relax?
Golf, beach, traveling with family…

Favorite local charitable organization?
Hilton Head Humane Association; I believe we have a responsibility to care for animals that can’t care for themselves.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Where’s the next sale coming from … and accounts receivable. I’ve learned they’re both the lifeblood of a small business.

Favorite book or podcast?
Haven’t read a book in a few years, sad to say … no time. What’s a podcast?

What is one thing you didn’t know when you became a business owner that you wish you had known?
Be prepared for long hours; the day doesn’t stop at 5 p.m.!

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