Painting Professional Mark Woodson

Painting Professional: Mark Woodson

Mark Woodson is celebrating his 15th year work anniversary at H.J. Holtz & Son Painting and Wallpapering this month. But for a slight detour, it could be a 20-year anniversary. Fifteen years ago, Woodson was presented with a job opportunity that appeared to be even better than the position he had at the time. So he left Holtz & Son. Four years later, he was back. “I thought [the other job] was a better opportunity, but it wasn’t,” he says now. “I knew that I’d left a good company, and I knew what I could come back to: plenty of work, good-hearted people, a good family.”
Rick Holtz, H.J. Holtz & Son

Holtz speaks at Virginia Commonwealth University Family Business Forum

Only 12 percent of family businesses survive to a third generation. Only four percent make it to a fourth generation.

There are many reasons why a family business doesn’t continue, says Sam Davis III, director of the VCU Family Business Forum, an organization that seeks to support family ventures by providing educational and networking opportunities. Last year Rick Holtz of H.J. Holtz & Son spoke on being the 3rd generation owner of his family's business.

Oscar - Appearances Matter
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Oscar Ayala - Appearances Matter

Oscar Ayala, who has just celebrated 10 years of employment with H.J. Holtz & Son, believes that part of doing a job well is doing it neatly. “I always like to have everything nice – how everyone looks, how they work,” he says.…
Summer Interns 2018

Our Summer 2018 Painting Interns

Our summer help is a large part of H.J. Holtz & Son. Interns begin in June; most work through August. This summer’s group includes two college students, one from Roanoke College and one from James Madison University, and six high school…
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James Draine - Always Looking Ahead

James Draine’s simple wish for a job has led to a whole lot more: a career. Starting with H.J. Holtz & Son in 2002 at the age of 19, Draine became a full-time employee in 2003 and just celebrated his 15th anniversary with the company.…
Employee Spotlight - Shane Lagano Image

Employee Spotlight - Shane Legano

When Shane Legano joined H.J. Holtz & Son in 2003, he became only the third person in the wallcovering and decorative arts division. And he didn’t hang any paper for his first 18 months on the job.
Jeff Ragland Photo

Employee Spotlight - Jeff Ragland

21 years and counting; Jeff Ragland has been a H.J. Holtz and Son paper hanger and decorative artist. A Richmond native and Douglas Freeman graduate, becoming a paper hanger and decorative artist was not on his radar at the time. While attending J. Sargeant Reynolds his roommate, who worked for H.J. Holtz and Son at the time, suggested he apply for a job. Obviously, Jeff took him up on his suggestion...
Kenny Ebright

Catching Up With Kenny

I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kenny Ebright recently. In November he will have been with our company for 22 years! I wanted to hear what he had to say about his time here at H.J. Holtz & Son.   Kenny was…