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Our Strength is in Our People

Chism Brothers is not just about painting—we are about people. We value our clients and our employees as individuals. We look forward to growing true friendships with our clients, and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know each of us.

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Michael & Terry Chism
Frank Long
Frank (Junior) Alvarado
Alain Austenfeld
Ruben Alcala
Zach Jaggers
Rodrigo Cruz
Joe Ortiz
Tommy Zuniga
Carolyn Dillon
Raul Suarez
Dave Olson
Victor Jimenez
Veirnon Johnson
Zach Poche’
Marty Sass
Bernie Montijo
James Becker
Michael & Terry Chism

Michael & Terry Chism

A gentleman in every respect, Michael is faithful, generous and thoughtful to his customers, his employees, and his family. He pauses before he reacts, trying to see all angles of a situation and all possible solutions. Driven by his love for God and his faith in His Word, Michael has a delightful commitment to his family and a very apparent and deep love for his wife. Outside of painting, he enjoys working out, biking, hiking, and all kinds of games, physical and mental. “We hire people based on their good character, and then we train them to be good craftsman.”

Terry Chism has been a vital part of the business “from the start, when we did all the paperwork without computers and answered the phones at home!” Cheerful and friendly, with a long-term, stable perspective on the company, she is thankful for our wonderful customers and wants to provide them the best experience possible. She is grateful to God for his grace towards Chism Brothers, but she is even more grateful for her husband, three children, and seven grandchildren. She loves swimming at the Y, bike-riding in Coronado, gardening, scrapbooking, and Bible-Study Fellowship. “I like being a part of Mike’s work, even if it’s a small time spent at the office. It gives me a better understanding of his day, his joys, and his challenges." 

Frank Long

Frank Long

I came on board with Chism Brothers in 2018. I was looking for a nice little painting job, or so I thought. Although I have done some home painting and creative painting, the bulk of my last 28 years of work experience has been in management. So, my search for a “nice little painting job” turned into a wonderful opportunity to use my management experience and apply it to a painting business.  

I have tremendous enthusiasm about the work we do here at Chism Brothers, working in some of the finest homes in America's finest city, revitalizing and restoring beautiful places. What a privilege to be able to make a contribution to this work. It is really the most satisfying role that I have had in my management career.

Chism Brothers has developed a legacy of excellence in Character & Craftsmanship for over 30 years. My personal mission is to help preserve, enhance, and propel these qualities well into the future. I love to work with people and processes, solving problems, and building on strengths. My favorite part of working with Chism Brothers is the people who make up our team.  What a great group of people! I continue to learn so much from each of them daily. We have the best painters in the city.

In my spare time I love to be with family and friends, active outdoors, serving as a man of faith, or working on my latest creative project in paint or clay.

Frank (Junior) Alvarado

Frank (Junior) Alvarado

Victor Jimenez told me that if I came to work for Chism Brothers I would learn a good craft. I want to take care of my family, so I gave it a try! One of the things I enjoy most is that I am always learning new things. Even during our lunch breaks, I’m constantly learning!

When I am not working, I love to spend time with my wife and our family.

Alain Austenfeld

Alain Austenfeld

I had never held a painting job prior to Chism Brothers. Before this, my painting work involved just small projects around the home or helping others with their painting needs. I saw a hiring ad and decided to give it a try! After joining the Chism Brothers team, I found that I really enjoy learning how to address and solve the unique challenges that come with each paint job.

My wife and son are who I love to spend time with the most, but I also like running, playing tennis, and being out on the water.

Ruben Alcala

Ruben Alcala

I joined the Chism Brothers Painting team after a friend recommended that I try out the painting industry. The longer I work here, the more I love watching transformations unfold. My favorite part of the job is how old, damaged surfaces look like new when we’re done!

After work, it’s all about spending time with my family.

Zach Jaggers

Zach Jaggers

I started painting in 2012 with a friend. He showed me the basics, and I have worked on constantly improving my skills ever since. To me, painting is both relaxing and enjoyable. It’s always nice to see the transformation from old to new, and then watch the customer’s face and reaction at the end of the job.

On my off time, I enjoy all the major sporting events and going to the beach to relax (sometimes I even go in the ocean!).  

Rodrigo Cruz

Rodrigo Cruz

Sometime around 2001, my father worked at Chism Brothers Painting, and now I work here with my uncle, Victor Jimenez. We are all keeping it in the family! What I enjoy most about painting is that each day I learn new things that help improve my craftsmanship.

During my free time, I like to be with my son and family.

Joe Ortiz

Joe Ortiz

In 2008 I started with an apprenticeship program in woodwork and staining, and for the next 4 years I worked as a finish carpenter. I started painting my own work and realized I was pretty good at it! For me, painting is an art, and learning about different styles like faux finishes, staining, and varnishes really intrigued me. I love to take a moment and just admire a finished product.

When I’m not busy painting, I like to restore old objects, study aerospace, cook, and (most importantly!) spend time with my wife and daughter.

Tommy Zuniga

Tommy Zuniga

I have been painting for roughly 18 years, and am what you might call a jack-of-all-trades. I take a lot of pride in a wide variety of projects, and in doing the job right! Regardless of what we’re working on, I enjoy helping people take care of their investments, whether old or new. Hands-down, the best part is seeing the finished work and knowing that I had a hand in it.

When I’m not painting, my family and I enjoy camping, bike riding, and we go to the beach a lot! Another favorite pastime is being with my son as we race small-scale remote control trucks (they can reach 50mph!).

Carolyn Dillon

Carolyn Dillon

I have some family friends that own a painting company here in San Diego. They heard Chism Brothers needed an office manager so they recommended me for the position.  (Is this where I tell the part about how both Michael and Terry called on speakerphone to schedule the interview and how I thought it was my daughter and answered with a bright and cheery “Hello Beautiful!!!!”?  What an intro to my personality!) At the time, I had been praying for a position that had some “Meat” to it. I needed it to challenge me intellectually and satisfy my need to be social. I most certainly got that and so much more!

I love the diversity each day brings.  The true pleasure I have when I get to speak with customers that we have worked with before, the opportunity of getting to know our new clients and working with the schedule so that it fits into everyone’s timing.  And than there are all the office duties that it takes to make sure the office runs smoothly, especially making our daily lattes!

My time off is very quiet. I love to spend time with my 2 children and close friends, reading a good book, watch movies and long walks on the beach with my dog.

Raul Suarez

Raul Suarez

I started painting with my step-father when I was about 18 years old.  We worked together as a team for over 7 years.  I worked for several other companies over the years until I finally found Chism Brothers in 1993.

I have enjoyed meeting and working with the many clients over the years.  While I find great satisfaction adding color to people’s lives, I have also noticed how a choice in color says a lot about changes a client may be going through.  That is one of blessings about working at Chism Brothers, they teach us to look beyond the paint on the walls.

I am married with 3 lovely daughters.  I enjoy biking, swimming, listening to classical music, and listening to my favorite christian radio programs.

Dave Olson

Dave Olson

The first time I painted (and was paid for it) was in 1978.  My best friend took me up to Rancho Penasquitos where I worked as an apprentice doing production painting.

My favorite thing about painting is the satisfaction it brings by helping people improve the look of their home.

During my spare time I love to ride up the coastline in San Diego County on my motorcycle with my wife Christine.

Victor Jimenez

Victor Jimenez

I started painting ten years ago.  I sort of stumbled into the road that lead me to my career at Chism Brothers.  A friend of mine who was friends with Pat Chism told me of an opening they had at Chism Brothers for a painter.  I did not know anything about painting at the time, but I really needed the job, so I took a step of faith.  It is ten years later and not only have I learned the skills required to be a good painter, but I have also found a job I love.

One of the things I like about painting is it gives me an opportunity to bring life back into things that have faded over the years.  A splash of color can go a long way into adding character to home or business and I love seeing a clients eyes when they see the completed work.  I have to say my job has brought me quite a bit of satisfaction over the years.

During me free time I really enjoy taking my kids to the park.  We love spending the afternoons playing baseball or soccer.  Sometimes we go as a family and ride our bicycles on the numerous trails.   Occasionally you may catch us at the zoo or Legoland.  We also like to go as a family to Mexico for mission trips.

Veirnon Johnson

Veirnon Johnson

While working at a oil and lube service center, I decided it was time for me to change more than oil.  I needed a better way to provide for my future family.  I noticed Chism Brothers was hiring, so I thought I would try my hand at painting.

I have found I really enjoy painting, especially the challenge of looking at a job in the beginning and figuring out the best approach that will give the customer a quality finish.

When I am not working my favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and two daughters.  I also enjoy a nice relaxing day of fishing.

Zach Poche’

Zach Poche’

Painter

After serving in the Marine Corps for five years, I started painting off a whim.  I had never painted professionally before, but found I had a knack for it.  Maybe it was the attention to detail they taught us in the Marine Corps or the skills the foremen at Chism Brothers helped me develop, but I learned my new trade really quick.

Painting is very rewarding.  I enjoy watching a home or business at it is transformed by the hands of us at Chism Brothers.  It also brings me joy when I hear how happy the customer is when we are finished.

During my free time I enjoy watching sports, especially football.  I also enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my two dogs.

Marty Sass

Marty Sass

My career as a painter started in Phoenix, Arizona after the cabinet shop where I worked went out of business.  Eventually moving to San Diego with my wife and two small children, I decided to continue painting and turned to the local phone book to look for opportunities.  I called several painting contractors to see if any may be hiring.  Mike Chism returned by call and offered be a job starting the next day.  That was in 1986 and it has been a wonderful working relationship ever since.

A few things I enjoy about painting are meeting new clients, overcoming challenging set-ups, and hearing the words “our home looks wonderful”.

While I rarely have enough free time, what little I do have I spend with my family.  I treasure spending time with my wife of 34 years, spending time with my grown children, and spoiling my grandchildren.  These are my joys beyond measure.  I also love to read, to study, and to teach the Word of God.

Bernie Montijo

Bernie Montijo

After graduating from high school I started an apprentice program with Chism Brothers and discovered on the first day that I enjoyed painting.

Ever since I was young, painting and drawing have been two of my favorite hobbies.  Chism Brothers have allowed me to turn my hobby into my life’s work.  I can honestly say, “I love going to work everyday”.

In my spare time I refinish furniture.  I like to practice with the different painting and glazing techniques.  I also enjoy the extra money I make when I sell the finished pieces.

James Becker

James Becker

My grandfather is the one who introduced me to painting.  He had a small seasonal painting business in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park.  I made some wonderful memories while working with him during the summer months.

My favorite thing about painting is the joy of working with my hands.  I like details and the way they can make a finished job look great.

In my spare time you can find me playing tennis, spending time with my family or doing anything analog.

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