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.
Women are at the center of H.J. Holtz and Son Painting & Wallpapering, and have been so for decades. Today, they are working at every level of operations.
Jack Faya and Jose Perez celebrate long tenures at H. J. Holtz & Son. Jose moved from California and Jack from Togo after fleeing civil war.
Painting foreman Robert Ferrell enjoys doing the kind of brush work that makes most people cringe: edges and windows.
“I’m a trim man, really,” he says. “I just love it.”
This month, Ferrell celebrates his 20th anniversary as an employee of H.J. Holtz & Son. He was hired by company president Rick Holtz, who refers to Ferrell as “family.”
H.J. Holtz & Son President Rick Holtz believes everyone in the company contributes to its success – and should share in that success, financially.
Shane Legano and James Draine, experienced paper hangers with H.J. Holtz & Son, are already implementing strategies they saw at the Wallcovering Installers Association annual convention last month.
Summer is always a busy time for H.J. Holtz & Son, as clients explore ways to freshen or re-imagine their living spaces. To help with the added workload – as well as to cultivate a next generation of craftspeople – the company annually hires a crew of teen and young adult workers, who learn alongside Holtz’s experienced team members.
Every project, at its heart, is about fixing something that’s not right, says H.J. Holtz & Son President Rick Holtz. “Customers bring us their problems, and we work with them to find solutions."
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.