Hester Painting & Decorating is a family-owned painting company that has thrived for over 50 years thanks to strong relationships built through integrity, a commitment to excellence and a dedication to service. Tom Hester started the company in 1968, and it is managed by his sons Jeff and Steve today. Sadly, Tom passed away last April.
Hester Painting & Decorating is one of the most successful painting businesses in the greater Chicago area, and the brothers credit the values that Tom established for the company and instilled in them as the main reason for the company’s success. Tom’s commitment to doing what you say, being truthful, backing up your words with actions and running towards problems (not away from them) are instilled at every level of Hester Painting & Decorating.
Jeff Hester joined the company in 1979 after going to trade school, and worked his way from the field to management. Today, Jeff handles the painting side of the business. His brother Steve joined the company in 1996 after getting his MBA and handles the business operational sides of the business. The brothers’ strengths complement each other.
Business owners of any kind face challenges, but signatory contractors have a unique set of circumstances they must adapt to. When asked for a tip for succeeding in the signatory construction world, Jeff said being involved in contractor associations was important. “Don’t sit in the back seat and let someone else drive you. Get in the front seat, get involved and be part of the direction. You can’t complain unless you’re there.” Steve echoed that sentiment, adding the importance of being part of business groups where you can “bounce off ideas and learn from other owners about how they tackle certain legal issues, insurance issues, cash flow, etc.”
Visit www.hesterdecorating.com to learn more about Hester Painting & Decorating.