Richmond Family-Owned Painting Business Celebrates 80 Years
Going strong, even though only 12% of family businesses make it to third generation.
RICHMOND, VA, May 3, 2016 – Richmond’s leading painting company, H.J Holtz & Son, recently celebrating its 80th year in business.
Established in April of 1936 by Herman J. Holtz, H.J. Holtz & Son is one of the city’s longest running family businesses – spanning three generations. For three and a half decades, Herman ran a successful company providing residential and commercial painting and wall papering services to the Richmond community. Following his retirement in 1971, his son Richard L. Holtz, Sr. took the baton and focused on building a reputation of high quality work and superior customer service.
Herman passed away in 2003 but his legacy lives on. The company is now led by his grandson, Richard Holtz, Jr, who joined the business in 1994. He has built on his predecessors’ work by adding new dimensions such as digital photography, decorative finishes and advanced equipment for painting and paint removal. The young Holtz has also extended the company’s borders by initiating relationships with contractors in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, and Tappahannock, VA.
Eighty years in business is a significant milestone for any company, especially one that is family-run. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Family Business Institute, only 30% of family businesses last into a second generation and only 12% remain viable into a third.
Richard Holtz, Jr, President of the company, said: “I am honored to be involved in this company as we cross 80 years. We have wonderful customers who have trusted us with their homes and have referred their friends. We have really been led by our customers and design partners. We’ve listened to what they have wanted – like unique looks through faux finishes, unconventional uses of wallpaper, and high-quality paints – and have worked hard to gain the right skills.”
H.J. Holtz & Son prides itself on its great customer service and professionalism. Over the years, the company has gained more than a hundred awards for their outstanding work. Among them is the prestigious Pip Award for Residential Interior and the Best of Houzz Award for service, which the company won two years in a row.
Since the days of Herman J. Holtz, the company has expanded its services beyond wall papering and painting to now include decorative floors, cabinet painting, wall graphics, murals and faux finishes. And with eight decades of experience, there’s hardly an obstacle or request they have not encountered. As a result of their expertise and commitment to quality services, the company boasts a long list of satisfied customers. One client said: “Transforming a 1954 neglected Cape Cod into a tastefully updated home would require an eye for detail and a well-engineered plan. As part of the exterior and interior renovations, we interviewed H. J. Holtz for the entire painting contract. Extensive photographic and inspection prep work was documented in detail and photographed prior to offering a proposal. We knew down to the front door paint what to expect and the timing and for start/completion schedule. The result is spectacular. Prep, repair and paint concerns were all addressed to perfection. An utter metamorphosis.”
The future looks bright for H.J. Holtz & Son and as they continue to improve their services, there is no doubt that 80 years in business is just the beginning. To learn more about us, just complete the contact form below!