We' re ready when you are.
Almost everyone has used a paintbrush at one time or another. What makes us different is a wealth of experience as professional commercial painters. Difficult surfaces, damaged substrates, specialty paints and coatings, demanding specs – we’ve been there. And we’re ready to take on your challenge and see it through.
If you want to join our team, bring your “A” game. Our group includes a jockey, a hockey goalie, a boxer, a scratch golfer, a 5.0 tennis player, an architect, an illustrator, and a great soccer player. At work and at play, we share a passion to succeed – it makes us good as a team, and great for our clients.
Sales and Estimating
Way back when, Chris Urban helped his brothers paint his Grandfather’s farm in Waldport, Oregon. That experience laid the groundwork for what would one day become Urban Painting.
A graduate in marketing from San Jose State, Chris spent three years as an account executive at General Foods before joining his brothers to launch Urban Painting. Now, with more than three decades of experience, Chris has a deep understanding of materials and the painting workflow process. “From storefronts to million-dollar condo complexes, we make sure the client gets total value from our team,” he says.
When away from the office, Chris can most likely be found biking the trails of Mt. Tam. By day with his wife and two kids, all of whom are competitive mountain bike riders, or at night with the Tuesday night regulars.
Sales and Estimating
Jeff Urban has been part of the family business for nearly 20 years and is the company’s expert in large-scale projects, from high-rises to large apartment, condominium, and office buildings. He’s also the office nerd – a graduate in Information Technology from San Diego State, he pushes the envelope to find ways to improve efficiencies and cost-savings that benefit the company’s clients.
“Large-scale projects require coordination of materials, manpower, schedules, and skills to meet the client’s needs,” Jeff says. “I make sure we deliver on our promises.”
Jeff credits his wife, Bex, who is a yoga-meditation-Pilates instructor, and his three kids for keeping him grounded and focused. In his free time, Jeff’s into sports: skiing, snowboarding, tennis, basketball, or poaching single track in the hills of Marin.
Jim DeMartini has been a valued leader at Urban Painting since its inception. Over the past 30 years he has managed hundreds of projects, from new facades for small businesses to new construction and fresh looks for condominium, office, and commercial complexes.
Jim’s focus is on keeping his crews focused on the tasks at hand while he focuses on the longer arc of the project and the client’s vision. “While this business has a lot of technical specs, delivering a superior product is a human endeavor,” he says. “I make sure every team member gives 100%.”
In his free time, Jim is devoted to his wife and two kids – unless he’s off exploring the backroads of Petaluma on his vintage Triumph motorcycle.
Hector Hernandez knows the commercial painting business inside-out. Starting as an apprentice and quickly working his way through the ranks, Hector’s professional skills and warm personality make him a natural as a Project Manager. He is particularly valuable on larger and more complex projects, where his close connections with field personnel and his ease with clients ensure a smooth and successful end-product.
Hector’s hidden talent is in the kitchen. On weekends, he is the household chef, whipping up culinary delights for his family and friends who are lucky enough to stop by.
With nearly 20 years at Urban Painting, Javier Lopez has seen it all – and knows how to find a solution to the most challenging situations. His professional skills and determination make him a natural leader for his site crews, initially as a job foreman, and now as a Project Manager. His projects move like clockwork.
Javier has a lot of other moves, which are on display on the soccer field. He’s always the first pick at the company picnic soccer games!
Ramon Solario is one of those guys with a can-do attitude. His tenure with Urban Painting began as an apprentice, but with his skills and ability to see the client’s vision, he rose quickly through the ranks. As a Project Manager, he ensures every project meets company goals: Safety, Superior Workmanship, Customer Satisfaction.
Ramon has a musical side. When he’s not with this wife and two daughters, he takes his place with a mariachi band, playing both tuba and timbale drums.
Jeremey Martin knows paint – he started his career as a representative for Kelly-Moore. He joined Urban Painting in 2010 as a purchasing manager, but innate enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of paints and coatings and his enthusiasm make him invaluable to an Estimator and customer representative.
Jeremey knows a lot about cars –he studied Automotive Technology at Skyline College- and he loves to restore vintage vehicles and take his wife and two kids for a ramble. His latest project: a ragtop Ford Falcon with a bright red interior.
Sean Brady is Urban Painting’s jack-of-all-trades. Originally from the home of the enemy (Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics), Sean is the go-to guy for a wide variety of tasks: pulling permits, bid takeoffs, data analytics. His positive attitude and willingness to take on anything make him an invaluable asset to the company.
Sean’s Massachusetts’ background has a hidden asset – he applies his well-honed hockey skills as the company’s soccer team goalie.
Carlos Favela brings more than 20 years of safety experience to Urban Painting. His training began as a scaffold inspector, where he was responsible for daily inspections and maintenance oversight. He is well-versed in all types of fall-protection procedures, on-site safety protocols, and worksite wellness programs, and was instrumental in developing the company’s IIPP standards, and oversees safety training for new hires and recurring training for employees. Carlos keeps the staff up-to-date on safety issues by writing a weekly newsletter.
Carlos abandons his focus on safety when he grabs the spices and fires up the smoker, delighting the taste buds of friends at home and fellow employees at company functions.
Pat Courtney provides financial planning for Urban Painting and oversees daily operations in accounts payable/receivable. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having counseled companies in various aspects of construction as well as software and other industries. Pat is always generous with his time, providing personal financial tips to members of the Urban Painting team.
Pat and his wife Denise live in a century-old home in Sausalito. Their son and daughter are now in college, which gives Pat enough time to maintain his single-digit golf handicap.
Martin Flores knows what it takes to succeed at Urban Painting. He started as an apprentice painter in 1995, quickly moved up to journeyman, and then to job foreman. He routinely garnered rave reviews from clients and fellow crew members. Over time, he developed a detailed understanding of our company’s mission and vision, making him the perfect candidate to lead our human resources department. Martin keeps our personnel up-to-date on changes in workplace rules and regulations, and helps onboard additions to our company.
Martin spends time with his wife and daughter on weekends, and sometimes steals away to his workshop where he restores swap meet-sourced vintage knives.