April 2007 Tom Hester, founder of Skokie-based Hester Painting & Decorating, was recently named top honoree in the Full Service Contractor category of American Painting Contractor magazine’s first annual list, “Who’s Who in the Painting Industry.” Nominations were solicited across the country, and honorees were chosen by experts in the painting industry on the basis of business accomplishments, passion for the trade, industry commitment and community service.
“Since founding Hester Painting & Decorating in 1968, it’s been my mission to be the highest-quality painting contractor around,” said Tom Hester. “I’m so touched to receive such a distinguished honor from my industry peers.”
The painting, faux finishing and wall covering installation company now boasts a crew of 75 employees with two area showrooms, located in Skokie and downtown Chicago, and the company launched its first franchising opportunity this year. Tom Hester remains involved in business development issues and key client relationships.
“We’re thrilled to see the painting industry pay homage to my father’s lifetime devotion to the trade,” said Steve Hester, president of Hester Painting & Decorating. “This is truly the crowning achievement of his 45-year career.”
One top honoree was named for each of 10 categories – Residential Contractor, Small Business; Residential Contractor, Medium Business; Residential Contractor, Large Business; Decorative Painting Contractor; Full Service Contractor; Paperhanging Contractor; Commercial Contractor; Industry Consultant; Decorating Finishing School and Industry Manufacturer. The full list of honorees, along with information about each, may be viewed at http://www.paintmag.com/whoswho.asp
Hester Painting & Decorating has been providing homes and high-profile commercial establishments in the Chicagoland area with high-end painting and decorating services since 1968. Widely regarded as a leader in the fields of painting, faux finishing and wall covering installation, Hester Painting & Decorating utilizes an enormous repertoire of finishes and techniques to create unique environments for its clients. For more information, visit www.hesterdecorating.com or call (847) 677-5130.