Charleston Pergolas is a company started in Charleston, SC while sitting on a back porch talking about how we could merge our passion for creating art and make something that was both useful and beautiful for our friends and family. The conversation centered around what we really care about, what our goals are for the future, mistakes we've made in the past, and how we can live more authentic lives.
Out of those ideas was born Charleston Pergolas; an outlet for Jason Thompson and Richie Guerzon to build something that was an expression of our high-quality standards, old school workmanship values, and desire to spend more time expressing our creativity. When we build our pergolas, we are building a piece of art that is meant to not only enhance your landscape but last many years. Our goal is not to make as many of them as possible, but to produce the highest quality pergolas in the low country and make this place we call home better than it was before.
Jason is co-founder and COO at Charleston Pergolas and has decades of experience in woodworking and is now known as the Charleston Craftsman, creating custom wood furniture for discriminating clients all over the Lowcountry.
Richard Guerzon co-founder and CEO of Charleston Pergolas. He is a serial entrepreneur and loves creating new businesses, brands, inventions and art. He currently serves as Principal and Director of Marketing Technology for UniMedia, a Charleston based full-service marketing firm.
He also serves on the board of a local nonprofit, bliss Spiritual Co-op and volunteers for Kaizen Way, a local nonprofit based in North Charleston that helps under served kids build self-discipline, confidence and integrity. He lives outside of Charleston in Huger, SC on a small homestead with his wife Valerie and one-year old son Kano.
He enjoys restoring his 1957 Ford 600 Tractor and his 1950 Chevrolet sedan in his spare time and well as practicing Tai Chi and North Charleston Master’s Studio’s. He's currently looking forward to building a workshop on his land to start creating wood and metal dynamic sculpture as well as finish the restoration of his 1950 Chevrolet.
"My mind is always thinking of new ideas and my favorite part of what I do in life and work is making those ideas a reality. I view art and science as two sides of the same coin, so bringing new ideas into reality that are parts of both of those worlds is the most fun I can have."