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The Jerry Enos Painting Crew: Meet Rafael

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Rafael Perello, our company foreman, started at Jerry Enos Painting 14 years ago when he finally got fed up with something most of us can relate to – namely, the commute into Boston. He was working in the city during the height of the Big Dig and the traffic was a killer.

“I used to have to leave the house at 5 in the morning and then I wasn’t getting home until after dark,” he said. “I didn’t like it.”

So Rafael started looking for something local, calling around and asking about work. One of those calls was to Jerry. Rafael had plenty of experience under his belt to recommend him. His father is a general contractor, and so Rafael had what you might call an unofficial apprenticeship starting from a young age.

“Back when I was at Salem High School, it would be a weekend thing – it was a learning experience. I would watch people working, grab tools, and just help out however I could.”

Sometimes it was painting. Sometimes it was construction. Maybe the tile guy needed help and then Rafael was laying tile for the day. It was there that he got a feel for what he liked and didn’t like, and what he liked was painting. He stuck with it, amassing the kind of experience that got his cold call to Jerry noticed.

Today, you might meet Rafael as he oversees our crew at your job site, making sure that your project is done right, on time.

But that’s probably not all he’ll be doing. As he put it, he likes to stay busy, so he’s still doing a little bit of everything and helping out however he can. When asked what he likes best about working at Jerry Enos Painting, this is what he had to say:

“I love always working in a different location, seeing different houses and towns. It keeps things interesting. I get to find out, hey, there’s this beach I’ve never been to or some other spot to visit. I’m always finding out something new about the areas we’re working in – and that includes towns I’ve been to before.”

Rafael is married to Jerica, has a daughter Jerilee (Jerry’s goddaughter), and has another daughter due to arrive any day now.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!

A Short History of Jerry Enos Painting of New England

Considering how successful Jerry Enos Painting is today, you may be surprised to learn that it started as something of a side project.

It’s sufficient to say 1987 was a year of big changes for company founder, Jerry, and like many of us, he was looking for a way to bring in some extra income. Painting seemed like a natural fit, considering that he grew up in a family where everyone pitched in around the house. It wasn’t unusual to find a young Jerry painting or hanging wallpaper at his father’s side, so he had the experience and the know-how to do a solid job from the very beginning.

Jerry didn’t switch careers right away, however. For a number of years he divided his time between his painting customers and the Essex County Jail in Middleton, where he worked as a correctional officer and then President of the Union. It’s also where he’d eventually meet his wife!

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During this period, Jerry spent much of his time in the painting sphere working in partnership with two other people. Eventually, though, Jerry realized that wasn’t how he wanted to do business, and branched out on his own. From the get go, he was able to keep a crew of six busy for ten months out of the year on word of mouth alone.

From there, Jerry was introduced to some of the big players in Cape Ann’s network of home improvement pros. It was then that he was given a piece of advice that would change his life. A contact told him “You can never truly succeed when you’re pulled in two different directions,” and Jerry realized he wanted to focus the entirety of his energy on his painting business, which was growing year by year.

According to Jerry, shifting gears to focus full time on Jerry Enos painting was the best thing that could have happened to him. He could finally focus all of his energy and attention on expanding the business and creating a customer service model that had people recommending the company right and left. He was also able to increase his workforce to 12 talented people, plus an experienced office manager. Jerry was setting new, loftier goals, and they were turning out to be entirely attainable.

Since then, Jerry Enos Painting has become the premier large-scale painting company on the North Shore, and Jerry and the company have started to create initiatives to give back to the communities that have helped the company become what it is today.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!