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Painting himself out of a corner

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HOUSTON - The way Tito C. Perez spent his days more than 20 years ago was simply “criminal” – Perez’s full-time job was as a prison guard for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Employed but unfulfilled, Perez found himself wishing he could trade prisoners’ brushes with the law for some brushes with paint.




    “My dad was a painter for many years, and I helped him before I started working for the Department of Criminal Justice,” Perez explains.
    When he was transferred to Sugar Land, he noticed that the booming area needed residential painting services. Perez established Tito Perez Painting Company Inc. in 1995 and tackled projects at night while holding down his day job.
    “In the beginning, I was painting houses by myself and then a few months after that, I hired a few guys,” Perez remembers. “It was a good experience and it just took off, so I just started doing it full time.“
    He soon expanded into commercial painting and Perez and his 15-strong team now offer a wide range of painting services through the company’s Sugar Land office and Rosenberg workshop. Perez’s business focuses on exterior painting and wood repairs, pressure washing, interior painting, drywall installation, wall texturing, and specialty wood finish application. The company  also boasts an impressive portfolio of local restaurants, retail spaces, multi-family units, low-rise apartment complexes, churches, and new construction single-family homes.
    “My favorite commercial projects are those with an impact on surrounding communities,” Perez says. “For example, we recently painted the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, and many local residents were actively keeping up with the progress. Everyone was happy with the results of our hard work, and I am proud to know that many families and students will visit the museum on a regular basis.”
    The company has also evolved into a family affair: Perez acts as president and CEO, his wife Sylvia works as the bookkeeper, son Tito controls scheduling and handles marketing through his company Bootmarks LLC and daughter Elizabeth, soon to be a University of Houston grad, serves as an interior design consultant.
    With more than two decades of industry success, Perez looks forward to expanding the company with the help of his son, who graduated from St. Edwards University.
    “We have a number of future plans to grow our company including running our first-ever radio ads and hiring more lead painters and superintendents,” Perez explains. “I want to grow carefully, though, and not lose control.”
    He doesn’t plan to change the way he runs his business, however. He personally visits multiple job sites daily to make sure that the work meets his standards.
    “We take pride in every job that we do. Our motto is ‘Pride, Integrity, and Quality Craftsmanship,’” Perez says. “I really go all the way to make sure we treat everyone with respect. We make sure that we do everything we are asked to do. We just make sure that we do an excellent job.”
    Subcontractor Tito Perez Painting Company Inc. is a full-service painting company in Sugar Land. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net