Boston Business Journal’s Brush Work Article on Kaloutas Painting

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Boston Business Journal’s Brush Work Article on Kaloutas Painting

The transition from putting down his brush to focusing strictly on the day-to-day management of his painting contractor business was not without its challenges for James Kaloutas. 

In fact, the president of Peabody-based Kaloutas Painting — which provides painting, wallcovering and specialty finishes for what are often highly detailed interior and exterior commercial projects — says that evolution required a major shift in mind-set. 

Kaloutas launched the business in 1987 at age 19 with his father, John, an industry veteran. The elder Kaloutas worked in the field, while his son juggled field work and operations. Arround 1992, Kaloutas was stunned to discover that the company was spending more than it was making. It sustained a $60,000 loss, and for Kaloutas, who by that time was no longer out in the field, this was a wake-up call. 

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