Meet Jeremy Figuera: Freeland Painting’s Project Manager

At Freeland Painting, we often say that “We brush up on the details every day!”

One of the great people in our office who is responsible for brushing up on a lot of details that keep multiple jobs moving forward in a streamlined, organized manner is Jeremy Figuera, Freeland Painting’s Project Manager and Estimator.

That means when you call Freeland Painting to have your home, business, or multifamily housing painted, Jeremy is one of the key people who will manage your project to your utmost customer satisfaction.

We’re a close-knit group. When a team member celebrates a birthday or work anniversary, we acknowledge and celebrate it—like we did recently when Amy Stanitzke, Freeland Painting’s Relationship Liaison. In honor of Jeremy’s upcoming birthday, we asked him a few questions so customers can get to know the person behind the productivity. Here’s what Jeremy shared:

What’s your favorite paint color?

Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams. I just painted my house that color. It’s a great neutral, light gray that everyone likes. Another Sherwin Williams color, Pussywillow, is a close second.

How did you come to work for Freeland Painting?

I got a random phone call from a recruiter—even though I had a job and wasn’t looking for a different one. But she thought I’d be a good fit at Freeland Painting, which seemed odd because I didn’t have experience in the industry. After the interview process, I ended up having another job offer with another company at the same time. What it came down to was that I liked the culture of Freeland Painting the best, so that’s how I came to work here.

What do you enjoy about working at Freeland Painting?

What I like about the company is that it’s not your typical 9-to-5 job. Every day is different, and I continue to learn new things even after nearly four years. Doug Ireland, the founder, has created a team of people who are able to hold themselves accountable for meeting and exceeding their responsibilities. Nobody holds your hand or walks you through what needs to be done. We all know what we’re doing and what we need to do next—and so we get it done. As a result of our accountability and responsibility, we enjoy a lot of job flexibility.

Have you ever made a mistake on a job?

Oh yes. When I first joined the company, I trained for a couple of months then jumped in with both feet. On my first commercial job, I ordered $3,000 worth of paint in the wrong color! And once paint is tinted, you can’t return it. The great thing about the team at Freeland Painting is that everybody understood the situation and nobody got on me too much about it. I learned my lesson, and moved forward. In fact, we were able to donate that paint to a community charity and it didn’t go to waste. And I definitely haven’t made that same mistake again!

What does your role at Freeland Painting entail?

I’m a project manager and estimator, so I’m both managing jobs in various stages and providing customers with estimates for upcoming projects. Some days I meet with Homeowner’s Association Boards, property managers, or general contractors to review the details of their job by looking over blueprints and calculating estimates. I also manage workflow and make sure everything is in place to keep our projects moving forward. Sometimes I even grab a paintbrush to do touch-ups if that’s what’s needed to keep a project rolling. Every day is different—which keeps it exciting.

How do you estimate paint for big projects?

For large commercial jobs, we take the measurements of all surfaces we’ll be painting from the blueprints, put them into a program, and estimate numbers for it. I look over the blueprints and determine which specific paint colors will go on various areas of the building. Then I order paint based on those measurements and specs.

Every gallon of paint has a certain square footage it covers—and different types of paint cover different square footages. I’m also responsible for budgeting our jobs after we’ve provided clients with an estimate. Doug has done a great job in providing templates for every scenario, so we enter the measurements for walls and trim. The program tells us how many square feet that is, then auto-calculates the amount of paint needed. Then we carefully review all of the numbers before we proceed.

How long have you worked for Freeland Painting?

Almost four years.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve got a young family, so my favorite thing to do is hang out with my wife, daughter and soon-to-be-born son. We love taking our toddler-age daughter on vacation and enjoying new experiences, such as to Disneyworld or the beach. This weekend we’re taking her to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin for Halloween.

I used to be really into skateboarding, and now my daughter’s into riding her scooter. We like to go out in the cul-de-sac in front of our house, and I ride my skateboard while she rides her scooter.

Why should people in the Atlanta area choose to work with Freeland Painting?

Because we never drop the ball. Also, because we care about providing our customers with a high-quality result and building strong relationships with both clients and our community.

Did we mention that Freeland Painting provides free estimates for painting your business, commercial property, or home? We do! Call us today at 678.679.3126 to discuss how we can beautify your property with a fresh coat of paint.

Let’s get rolling!

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