Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing Inc.
David Dunham, president, Kawika's Painting & Waterproofing Inc.
David Dunham started painting houses to pay for college. Now – 25 years later – he still paints to pay bills. More precisely, he leads a team of employees who paint and perform the many services Dunham offers his clients.
Dunham didn’t study business, but he’s succeeded in turning Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing Inc. into a multimillion-dollar Hawaii company. In the past five years, Kawika’s doubled its workforce to about 80. Revenues have climbed between 10 percent to 12 percent per year.
Most of Kawika’s clients are commercial building owners. The company has found its niche painting and restoring older buildings undergoing renovation and maintenance. Kawika’s employees are skilled in a variety of crafts that go hand in hand with painting, such as waterproofing, concrete repairs, carpentry, lead paint removal and the like.
Kawika’s specializes in projects ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, primarily large buildings, such as condominiums, hotels, shopping malls and schools. Although he hasn’t used his geography degree to earn a living, Dunham values his education, and he invests in training and educating his employees.
When Kawika’s celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Dunham plans to kick off a new marketing campaign to educate current and potential clients about the company’s services. He hopes that by filling a need in the marketplace, he can continue to grow his business. “With inflation and the cost of living, if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.”
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