Brad Horton is a 30-year veteran of the painting industry and president of Alamo Painting, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. He can be reached at (925) 709-4989 or by email.

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Brad Horton: A Serendipitous Start

  • Brad Horton is a 30-year veteran of the painting industry and president of Alamo Painting, a Diamond Certified company since 2009.

Brad Horton: A Serendipitous Start
“I like watching young men and women self-actualize by learning a trade and having a job they can take pride in."

ALAMO − Whether it was the result of fate or mere circumstance, Brad Horton’s career as a professional house painter was jumpstarted by an unexpected coincidence. “When I was in my 20s, I had a roommate who was a painter, and I spent a summer working for him, both on the job and by putting up flyers around town,” he remembers. “That fall, he left to attend college in L.A. and I got a job selling insurance, which I quickly realized wasn’t for me. One day, I got a call in response to one of the flyers I’d put up the previous summer, and I ended up booking a painting gig. That same night, my old roommate unexpectedly showed up on my doorstep and said he didn’t want to live in L.A. anymore. I said, ‘That’s fine, because we have a painting job tomorrow!’”

Today, 25 years after founding Alamo Painting, Brad says one of the things he enjoys most about his job is the opportunity to be a positive influence in his employees’ lives. “I like watching young men and women self-actualize by learning a trade and having a job they can take pride in. I find it very rewarding to play a role in their personal development and see them be successful in life.”

A longtime resident of Concord (where he lives with his wife, Kathy), Brad says he’s enjoyed watching the gradual growth that’s taken place over the years. “I’ve lived here since 1963, so I’ve seen Concord really come into its own. From the population increase to the development of the downtown area, it’s undergone a real transformation from a little cow town to the metropolitan area it is today.”

Outside of work, Brad engages in a variety of pastimes, from outdoor activities to hanging out with family. “One of my main hobbies is deep-sea fishing, which I do at both the Berkeley and Sausalito Marinas,” he says. “I also like to play golf, cook and go to the beach with my family.”

In his life and career, Brad espouses a two-fold lesson he’s learned about planning ahead. “When undertaking any type of project, it’s crucial to have a plan,” he says. “A good plan will serve as your guiding light and help keep your objective in focus. However, since things rarely go according to plan, you also have to be adaptable when the circumstances unexpectedly change.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Brad says he’d get a little R&R. “I’d probably sleep for a week,” he laughs. “Then, I’d go on a road trip across the country to see a bit of small-town America.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The Oakland A’s.

Q: Coffee or tea?

A: Coffee—or, to be more specific, five shots of espresso.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?

A: Momoyama Sushi in Concord.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?

A: The airplane ride when my family moved from Illinois to California. I was about three years old.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?

A: Godzilla.

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