Meet CALSPro Board Member, Kristian Pujol
Posted July 3, 2018 in Membership
Kristian Pujol grew up in the attorney service industry as the second eldest son of Sal and Sheila Pujol, founders of Commercial Process Serving, Inc. Originally from Costa Rica, his parents moved to California in the late 60’s to pursue the American Dream. He laughs reminiscing about his childhood having to always make frequent stops in the car with his parents in order to serve papers oftentimes on Sundays before mass or after school. He was then forced into labor as a teenager working in the afternoons at the courthouse, filing and researching legal documents for the growing family business.
Kristian said his schooling and love for reading made a big impact on his life early on, not just intellectually, but socially and culturally. He had big dreams of becoming a writer, attorney, or working for the United Nations; but as they say, God had other plans. After a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, Kristian went on to UCLA and earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Business Administration. At that point in time, he decided to set his thoughts of law or business school aside and concentrate his efforts on further developing the family business and helping his parents make the transition to retirement. The rest is history. Commercial Process Serving, Inc. grew and expanded into three offices in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, has statewide and nationwide clients, and is a current California Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP).
Kristian enjoys many aspects of his career such as the blessings of working with family; the many challenges and learning experiences in managing a corporate business; and the civic satisfaction in helping people seeking justice with their constitutional right to due process and discovery. He finds meaning in the legal field. Kristian said his participation on the CALSPro board comes from his innate drive to understand and influence the world a little further through direct participation and personal touch rather than solely philosophical reflection.
“The fact that legal parties, attorney and courts have to abide by the rules and procedures we sometimes help shape, draft, prevent or come to pass, makes me proud of our democracy and legal system. It’s fascinating that anyone can make a difference, even myself, if we just volunteer and sacrifice the time.”
With his precious spare time, Kristian enjoys listening to music, reading, writing and playing indoor soccer. He is the proud father of two young boys and enjoys taking them to Karate, playing outdoors, and reading to them. Kristian and his wife, Kristi, are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary this year and both still enjoy dancing to Latin rhythms and stargazing the nighttime sky. He is part of the lector team at his local church and enjoys reading and attending mass with his family on Sundays, but spares his kids from serving papers on the weekends.
When asked if he had the opportunity to have any other choice in career, he said probably a writer, astronomer, or meteorologist.
“My wife said a weatherman would have been the perfect job for me because I am not afraid of being on camera, enjoy speaking publicly, and love the weather.”
Kristian did earn his Master’s Degree from UCSB and teaches when he finds the opportunity and time. He currently sits on most committees of CALPro, chairs Membership, and was awarded Member of the Year in 2017.