Second generation owners as well as longest-standing employee retire after a combined 157 years with the well-respected company.

Richmond, VA: H.J. Holtz & Son, Inc. recently celebrated the retirement of Richard and Geny Holtz, the 2nd generation owners of the business founded in 1936, as well as Charlie Herbert, a key employee and foreman who has been with the company since 1962. Combined, these three account for over 150 years of experience not just in the industry, but with this one family-run company.

The husband and wife team of Richard and Geny ran the business from their home starting in 1971 when Richard took over for his father Herman, before moving to their current location in 2002. While the management reins were handed to their son Rick in 2008, the couple has remained involved and supportive so the company wouldn’t miss a beat with clients and partners.

Under their guidance the well-respected painting and wallpapering operation became appreciated as residential specialists capable of excellent work and attention to detail. Interior designers and other professionals took notice and learned that entrusting their clients to H.J. Holtz & Son was invariably a wise move. Relationships with partners established during their 37 years of management persist to this day.

Meanwhile, Charlie Herbert served as a key employee and foreman throughout his 53 years of service to the company and its clients. “He’s the only employee to have worked for all three generations of management and is the one who taught me how to paint,” explained Rick Holtz, the current President. “He has been a model employee and leader, epitomizing what we teach our staff.” For that reason, the award we give out to honor a stellar employee each month has been called the “Charlie Herbert Employee of the Month Award” since its inception.

“We are able to survive the retirement of my parents and Charlie because all three worked hard to instill their values into the DNA of the organization. We’re thriving and have them to thank,” stated Rick Holtz.

About H.J. Holtz & Son. Founded in 1936, H.J Holtz & Son, Inc., Painting, Papering, and Decorative Finishes is an award-winning full service residential painting, faux finishing and wallpapering contractor specializing in meeting the needs of discriminating homeowners through exceptional craftsmanship and customer service. From faux painting furniture to hanging hand-painted wallpaper to simply painting the exterior of a home, our qualified craftsmen can fulfill nearly every decorative need.