Meet Our Team

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
Alain Austenfeld
Joe Ortiz
Tommy Zuniga
Carolyn Dillon
Raul Suarez
Victor Jimenez
Veirnon Johnson
Zach Poche’
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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