Israel S. Ramirez knows our neighborhood well. He is the one responsible for planning and installing the street closure barricades on Fair weekend. His knowledge and passion for the Traffic Control industry is truly amazing and we are grateful to have him as part of our team. Israel started with the King William Fair back in 1972 when he would close off the streets with barricades on his own.
Israel was born in 1953 in Galveston, Texas and his family moved to San Antonio when he was just a baby. Raised on the west side of town, he attended Edgewood High School and Memorial High School. Israel started working at the young age of 15 at a local tire shop in his neighborhood. At 18, an uncle convinced him to make the switch over to Flasher Equipment. Israel started off as a barricade yard helper, then as a driver and worked his way up to many different superintendent and management positions. He is now the Special Events Estimator for the company as well as helping out in other departments as needed. A career that started in 1970, Israel has honed his skills over the past 45 years and he is still going strong.
The Fair has been a huge part of his career as well as his personal life. There are many good memories for Israel and his family and it is an event they all look forward to every year. He has taken his family since his daughters were still in strollers. Even at the ages of 40 and 32, his daughters still love this family event that they can share with the whole family.
Israel hopes one day to take a trip with his granddaughter to France, to fulfill her dream to see Paris. Another goal of his is to take his wife, two daughters and granddaughter to Disney World. Israel has no desire to retire anytime soon. In his own words, “I love what I do and plan to keep working until the good Lord says it’s time for me to stop”.
We thought you would enjoy knowing something about this individual who makes the King William Fair happen year after year. So when you see those barricades going up later this month, you’ll know who is responsible and remember how important they are to your safety.