by LYDIA COBB | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Big on Adventure in Small-Town-Feeling Poway

The Davises set aside times for family celebrations and fun. “Every holiday is a huge deal for us,” shared Alisa Davis. “Not just Christmas, but Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and birthdays.” The kids have the parents sign contracts for Christmas morning. “In this contract they will specify our wake-up times and how we like our coffee, along with how long they have to wait to open gifts,” revealed Eric Davis.

Eric Davis is from Arizona and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UA Tucson. He moved to San Diego for his work. Alisa Davis is originally from Carpinteria, CA. Her sister worked with Eric and introduced them. Eric is VP of Operations for Poway-based Underground Solutions, which provides infrastructure technologies for water and sewer applications. Alisa is a homemaker and community volunteer. “Poway really has that small town feel and we can’t walk anyplace in town without running into people we know,” added Alisa.

Both children are in Girl Scouts and play basketball and softball. Emma is entering her sophomore year at Poway High and raised a pig through Future Farmers of America to sell at the county fair this summer. Emma also received the Silver Award in Girl Scouts this year. Mya is entering 7th grade at Twin Oaks Middle School and plays trombone in the school band.

Eric and Alisa are supportive of their daughters’ sports. They volunteer for Poway Girls Softball with family02Eric as president. Eric also coached basketball for five years between Poway Youth Basketball and the Boys and Girls Club. In addition to volunteering in local schools, Alisa fosters small dogs in need of loving homes.

“It was great to see the sights of California together and we always feel that we are closer as a family after our road trips.” – Eric Davis

“We have a bell when dinner is ready so no matter what you are doing, you know that dinner is on the table,” said Alisa. Emma and Eric share the same birthday and enjoy a breakfast for two on that day. Their best road trip was in the Golden State – driving 1,500 miles to experience Hearst Castle, San Francisco, rafting the Truckee River, and marveling at the giant trees of Sequoia National Park. “It was great to see the sights of California together and we always feel that we are closer as a family after our road trips,” added Eric. With their base in Poway, this family is big on adventure while appreciating the everyday moments.


Parents: Eric and Alisa Davis
Children: Emma Davis (14, 10th grade at Poway High School),
Mya Davis (12, 7th grade at Twin Peaks Middle School)
Community: Garden Road area of Poway since 1997
Hometown: Eric – Alpine, AZ; Alisa – Carpinteria, CA
Occupation: Eric – VP of Operations; Alisa – Homemaker
Pets: Max, a mini Australian Shepherd, and Sandy, a cat (plus foster dogs)
Favorite Local Spots: Aubrey Park, Lake Poway, Hamburger Factory, Iron Mountain