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Insights from Wallcovering Installers Association Convention

H.J. Holtz & Son paper hangers Shane Legano and James Draine went to the annual Wallcovering Installers Association convention in September knowing they would come away with helpful information.

 

“I asked questions for jobs I knew were coming up,” Draine says. “We usually know in advance when we have a big, specialty job coming. That [convention] is a good place to ask questions, because there are a lot of people there who are doing the same kind of work we do.”

 

Both Legano and Draine have attended multiple WIA conventions, but this is the first in-person gathering since 2019, due to pandemic disruptions. The two agree that meeting in person adds to the experience. 

Cabinet Painting Preparation

Painter José Cocar Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For José Cocar, it’s satisfaction – not the devil – that’s in the details.

Cocar, who celebrated his 10th anniversary with H.J. Holtz & Son in July, came to the company with 12 years of experience, yet still went through the training process the firm uses for all new hires.

 

Wallpaper Craftsperson, James Wright

Wallpaper Craftsperson, James Wright, Celebrates 10 Years

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That was the approach James Wright took when his first application to H.J. Holtz & Son was turned down.

Wright began his career working with a general contractor, but left that position to focus on painting. By the time he approached Holtz & Son, he had four years of painting experience under his belt. Following the initial “no,” Wright bided his time.

 

Holtz Team Meeting

Holtz Painting & Wallpapering Team Promotions

Recently, we rearranged the duties of a few people and promoted a few of our employees, inspiring several to reach into a new area or learn a new skill.

Juan Villanueva Detail Painter

Detail Painting Expert, Juan Villanueva, Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Villanueva, who works on both interior and exterior jobs, enjoys detail painting work the most. The thorough training he’s received also supports the company’s attention to detail.

Fan of Cabinet Painting Projects, Luis Alas Celebrates 10 Years

10-year veteran painter and foreman, Luis Alas particularly enjoys interior cabinet painting projects and other challenging but rewarding painting work.

Exterior Painting Project Expert

With a focus on exterior painting projects, Gary Benton celebrates 15 years

15-year veteran painter and foreman, Gary Benton, prefers to manage exterior painting projects. He’s overcome just about every exterior painting challenge.

Fine Paints Expert, Kenny Ebright, Celebrates 25 Years

Fine Paints of Europe (FPE) expert, Kenny Ebright, recently celebrated 25 years with Holtz. It takes a lot of patience to work with FPE. Kenny helps train new employees.

Painting Estimator Travis Gibson

Employee Spotlight – Painting Estimator Travis Gibson

Painting estimator and 10-year H. J. Holtz & Son veteran, Travis Gibson, was inspired by friends to join the company, but the family atmosphere is why he’s still here.