Josh Abramson was raised by a struggling single mother on food stamps and attended multiple schools growing up due to excessive moving. This was not a lifestyle that Josh would have chosen for himself. Instead of becoming a statistic, he took hold of his future and decided to start his own company at the age of 21, knowing he needed to find a way to support himself.
ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING began humbly in 1987 with a few hand-stenciled wooden signs hung up on street corners in the San Fernando Valley.
After receiving his training and certificate of completion from West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, CA, Josh would go out every day and try to promptly respond to the incoming phone numbers on his pager by pulling over and finding a pay phone in the hopes that he would be the first contractor to call the customer back.
His persistence and hard work paid off and slowly the business began to grow. The early years were extremely rough, but eventually he hired his first employee and began to make a name for himself.
Instinctively, he knew it was important to build a reputation of quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. To learn, he joined national trade organizations such as the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), and was mentored by successful businessmen (who have grown to become some of his closest friends).
Year by year, he added employees, staff, and systems. Eventually his painting company because the first in California to receive accreditation from the PDCA, and has since evolved into the highly successful painting company that it is today.
ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING is known not only for the quality work that they perform, but also for the incredible charitable contributions they make to their local community through Paint-It-Forward and other programs the company has spearheaded.
In April 2017, the company received California’s 38th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Month award for Josh’s contributions to the community through Paint-It-Forward. The company has received dozens of national awards recognizing both their workmanship and humanitarianism.
Josh now has the privilege of mentoring other young contractors, and regularly speaks at events across the United States. He does this because he has never forgotten those difficult early years, and is so grateful for the people who invested in him who helped make his business what it is today.
In this interview on Blogging Painters, Josh discusses the importance of company culture, failures, where he’d like to see his company in 10 years, and a few other pieces of advice he feels other business owners could find beneficial.
Written by Debbie Abramson