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Meet Jamie Waller of Maverick Painting

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Waller.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2007, my high school sweetheart, our 2 kids and I moved to Cardiff. In 2008, a month after our daughter was born (at Christmas time), the painting company I worked for laid off his entire staff. During the worst economic period, we decided to take a leap of faith and start our own painting business. It was difficult at first because we were new to the area and had to work extra hard to get our name out there.

My wife did all the marketing and web design, while I painted on my own and met with potential clients. In addition, our son Gavin was diagnosed with Lymphoma during that time. Gavin is now in remission. A percentage is donated from each project Maverick Painting completes to the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It can be challenging to find employees who meet my expectations and criteria. I am very selective about who I hire. My staff all have a minimum of 10 years of experience. My crew is skilled in both interior and exterior painting as well as in commercial and fine finishes. I require all employees to be clean cut, courteous, be able to communicate effectively with the homeowner, have no visible tattoos and cannot smoke on the job site. Homeowners should feel comfortable and trust all workmen in their home. I have been lucky to find a qualified, professional staff.

Maverick Painting – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I started painting 27 years ago. I was an apprentice for an old school painter that taught me to do things right the first time, to take my time and to treat each home as if it were my own. We chose the name Maverick because it conveys our philosophy of doing things differently than the rest of the painting contractors in San Diego. Most business owners rarely see the homeowner after the initial estimate. Local contractors just drop off materials to a crew and only return to collect a check. Unlike large paint companies and national chain companies, I am on-site at home seeing every job through to the very last detail. Every client is given the attention and respect they deserve.

I think contractors have lost touch with their customer’s need to be involved and feel appreciated. Too many painters are focusing on quantity over quality. I take pride in the fact that I have been painting homes for over 25 years. I think my attention to detail and high standards are reflected in every home Maverick Painting works on. Maverick Painting is changing the image of a “typical contractor.”

Our American flag logo and truck wrap design reflects our grassroots principals and patriotism. Maverick Painting upholds the values of previous generations of American business owners.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Every job we complete is an accomplishment to us. We are honored that people trust us to transform their homes. Our company has painted some spectacular estates and large businesses.

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