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Painting With Pride - Severna Park, MD - Painters & Painting Contractors

Painting With Pride

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820 Ritchie HwySeverna Park, MD 21146


On May 27, 2007 Painting With Pride, Inc. indeed turned 30 years old. Not by stretching out the facts such as helping somebody paint a house years before but by a legitimate license date of May 27, 1977. I thank so many of you who have watched us over the years and know the facts. In April of 1977, I turned nineteen years old. In May, I was licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) and given license # 4300. Today MHIC issues numbers in the 7 or 8 digit range. Also in 1977, I.. bought my first van, an old 1970 Ford Econoline, which first I tried spray painting then decided to brush and roll it. Believe me when I tell you painting it that way never hurt the book value. I paid $200.00 for it. It was a 4 speed on the floor, 6 cylinder junk yard bound saved from the crusher all I could afford standard van. That old van was a blessing and launched Painting With Pride, Inc. into its infancy. My friends were so impressed. Some went off to college and others went into private sector and labor jobs. Others joined the military and served our country. But myself and a few other entrepreneurialspirited youngsters headed off to the world of the self-employed. I’ve been asked many times over the years how I came up with the name Painting With Pride. I don’t know honestly. But I do know that early on I was told by many that Painting With Pride, Inc. is a slogan not a name…is, too! Today,as then, we are Painting With Pride, Inc. My first business cards were typed out on an old manual typewriter, way ‘hi-tech’. Soon after, a buddy of mine made some cards up on a printer. I then adopted green as my letterhead color (the early ‘80s) before settling in on white, red and black in the mid-80’s with our worldwide recognized Painting With Pride, Inc. In December of 1978, for a monster sum of $5,078, tags & title included, I purchased my first new Chevrolet van: green, no air conditioning, 3 speed on the column, 6 cylinder, no extras whatsoever. Myself and 5 other proper and well-behaved young friends promptly drove it to Florida for a much deserved fling. Back in1978 things were much different than today and many of us now know that the six of us were not alone on that trip. That van served Painting With Pride, Inc. for almost 17 years until it become like the old 1970 years before. Many other vehicles have been used over the years. In the early ‘80s when our letterhead went white so did all the trucks. That would never change.I alone could never claim any measure of success Painting With Pride, Inc. has been blessed with. In the very beginning, I worked out of my parents’ house with their full support and assistance. My mother was to type estimates, help with insurance, be an all around encourager. My dad, busy with his own job and still raising 5 boys, actually helped with one of my first jobs, glazing windows. All four of my brothers swung a brush at one time if only briefly. My next younger brother, Jim, basically worked his way through high school and college with Painting With Pride, Inc. My youngest brother, Matthew, worked with Painting With Pride, Inc. from early high school and for 17 years after until he started his own painting company. Jim now owns Anderson Davis& Associates, CPA in Glen Burnie and has been my trusted friend and brother doing all our financial and tax work. Later on around 1985, my dad actually retired from Bethlehem Steel after 27 years and came to work for Painting With Pride, Inc. He never painted but helped do all the carpentry repairs. He was a good man and our customers loved talking with him and appreciated the care he would take on their homes. He died suddenly on 8/27/1992 at the now very young age of 63. We had a wonderful seven years working together and a lifetime of good memories. Many of my competitors today started off as helpers with Painting With Pride, Inc. and stop back to keep in touch. At the time of this writing, we have employees with a total of over 50 years experience with Painting With Pride, Inc.!


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