It is this sense of community involvement that earned ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING the 2015 PDCA National Humanitarian Award.
“It’s quite an honor to be a local family-owned business in California and be recognized by your peers in the industry on a national level,” says Josh Abramson, owner of ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING. “It’s validation that you’re doing things well and your peers and others in the industry say that you’re one of the best. It’s quite humbling.”
While the company has won numerous PDCA National Industry and local awards, this was ALLBRIGHT’s second time winning the Humanitarian Award.
“The PDCA National Humanitarian Awards are probably the most special awards to ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING because someone has to nominate you, and we didn’t even know we were nominated. It’s validation that you’re doing something bigger and better than working in your own little world,” says Josh. “One of my favorite quotes is from author Booker T. Washington, who said ‘Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.’ Being able to give is where that happiness comes from. It means the world to me and our company to be known as a company who is giving more. It’s probably one of the most important awards that we’ve won.”
The importance of the award is not lost on his employees. Josh says it raises the morale of his crew, increases their confidence, and sets the bar high for incoming employees.
“At the first all-staff meeting after getting back from South Carolina I got to show everyone the award,” he says. “It was a big celebration, and it lets my guys know people are looking to them as leaders in the industry. It makes ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING a place they want to work, and being able to tell prospective employees that we’ve won a humanitarian award really sets the tone for the culture in the workplace. It’s important to have a ‘We, not me’ attitude at ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING. Together we can do great things.”
The award was one of two awards presented to the company by PDCA National at the 2nd Annual Paint Ball ceremony. The other award won that night was the 2015 PDCA KILZ Picture it Painted Professionally Industry Award for a Commercial Exterior project.
“We are really proud of this award, too,” says Josh. “We got into the commercial industry about 10 years ago, and it is a growing part of our business. Being recognized for it is a big honor. I was always inspired by the guys from PDCA who won awards. Being a part of that community was really the mentorship I needed for my business.”
It’s never too early to start documenting your project for the 2016 Picture it Painted Professionally Awards! Start taking “before and after” pictures and record your process. “I would encourage any painter to submit your stories,” says Josh. “You may think your story’s not good enough, but if you submit you have a better chance of being noticed than if you never do. People find us, and new opportunities for speaking and television events have come about because of the awards.”