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Employee Spotlight: Jeff Hester

Posted by Heather Hester on Monday, July 12, 2021

Jeff Hester

Past President of FCAC, Vice President of Hester Painting & Decorating

What is your role at Hester Painting & Decorating?

Vice President, Sales/Estimating, union liason.

How long have you been working at Hester Painting & Decorating?

42 Years.

Tell us a little bit more about your mission and responsibilities as Vice President.

Working directly with the client is my biggest role. From first visit and estimate to explaining Hester Painting & Decorating to them. Setting up our craftsman and making sure they understand the project. Visiting job sites as they are in progress. Then following up on jobs to make sure the customer is happy.

What is your favorite and your least favorite thing about the work that you do?

 

There are many favorite things I enjoy. The first is meeting new people everyday. Then seeing all the beautiful homes throughout the Chicagoland area. Helping people change their home into something new and exciting.
My least favorite would be during any slower periods of time when we don’t have enough work to keep all of the painters working full time. Thankfully those are not frequent, but they are always difficult for us.

What do you think is the most important quality that helps you excel at your job?

My knowledge of the painting industry. Having painted in the field for 10 years really has helped me. Having people find they can trust me and my company is really important too.

What would you say is your favorite project you’ve worked on so far and why?

Probably the Charity projects we have done throughout the years. To see the gratitude of the people you help, and the camaraderie that it brings to our Hester Team of Craftsman when we are all helping to make something special for people that need it.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Golfing, boating, hanging out with friends and family.

Which destination in the world would you like to visit the most?

Italy!