Our Story

A Business Built on Family, Friends and Faith

When Bob Johnson and lifelong friend Dick Fischer learned to paint in high school, little did they know that painting would one day become their livelihood. But after pursuing somewhat less satisfying careers, in 1976 they decided to put their painting skills to the test and start the JF Company. Between painting jobs, they tilled gardens, shoveled snow for their neighbors, and began cultivating the strong and honest relationships on which the company would be built. With a commitment to meet and exceed their customers' expectations, a belief in divine guidance (and heartfelt gratitude for its ultimate blessings), and faith that by doing right by others they would succeed, the JF Company not only grew but thrived, and is now the premier painting expert in Central Ohio.

Today, the JF Company is completely family owned, with operations being handled by Bob, his son, Jerry, and daughter, Allison. Together they continue to take the business to new heights in performance, employee pride, and client satisfaction.

Our Team

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Robert Johnson
President

In 1976, Bob Johnson and Dick Fischer co-founded the JF Company. Today, in his role as President, Bob continues to oversee the company, keeping his eye on the big picture; overseeing major HR, legal, and financial issues;  and sharing his insights with the JF team. He is proud to say that, under his decades-long leadership and by the grace of God, the JF Company has never dealt with a major safety incident or missed a payroll.

Before starting the JF Company, Bob spent two years serving his country in the United States Army, and three years as a Distribution Supervisor. Today, on the rare occasions he's not working, Bob can be found hanging out with his family and dog, raising horses, and spending time on his boat.

 

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Jerry Johnson
Vice President and Co-Owner

The son of co-founder Bob Johnson, Jerry joined the family business in 1998. At his father's insistence, he spent his first full year doing nothing but prep work, learning the fundamentals of surface preparation and what it means to the overall quality and finish product of a project

Today, Jerry oversees most day-to-day activities including managing the sales and estimating team, operations and project progression, scheduling and forecasting, HR requirements, and billing.

When not at work, he enjoys spending time and with his beautiful wife and three daughters. He bleeds scarlet and gray on every football Saturday, and also very much enjoys golfing, and traveling.

Jerry feels very blessed to say that he truly loves his job and the people he gets to work alongside each and every day. It was always the plan to work with and learn from his father, who has taught him more about business ethics and how to treat others than he will ever be able to pass on. 

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Tonyia Ward
Office Manager & Safety Administrator

With more than 30 years of experience in finance, banking, and management, Tonyia keeps the J.F. Company running like a well-oiled machine. Certified in OSHA 30 and QuickBooks, she handles Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, and serves as manager for the office staff, including Inventory Specialists and the Safety Coordinator. She oversees Payroll Processing, reviews both the company’s taxes and the accountants' yearly reviewed statement, andaddresses any BWC issues that arise during day-to-day business.  Along with processing AIA billing and reviewing all Construction Contracts, Tonyia also serves as the Human Resources liaison, helping to maintain Employee Health Insurance Benefits, ensuring federal 401K compliance, overseeing background checks, and processing all yearly pre-qualifications for General Contractors. 

Before coming to the J.F. Company, Tonyia worked as an artist, participating in and showing her works at the top 100 art shows on the Eastern Seaboard and southern coast of the United States

When Tonyia isn't making sure things are running smoothly at work, she can be found painting on glass, doing yard work, decorating her home, and spending quality time with her fiancé, John, her four precious grandbabies, and her three spoiled, longhaired Chihuahuas.

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Allison Thompson
Assistant Office Manager

As Assistant Office Manager for the J.F. Company, Allie is hugely popular since she makes sure everyone gets paid on time. She handles payroll and certified payroll,  does all the invoicing, and even manages some of the company's IT. In addition, she's the certified dog walker, feeder, and all-around wrangler of official company mascots, greeters, and canine security, Symon, Oliver and Dak..

A Columbus native, and daughter of J.F. Company founder Bob Johnson, Allie realized halfway through college that there was nothing she'd rather do than work with her family. Today, she's an integral part of the team although she much prefers handling the important background,  and leaving the front-line jobs to the other members of the team.

When Allie isn't keeping things humming behind the scenes, you'll find her cheering on the OSU Buckeyes with her husband, two children, and German Shepherd.


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Chris Hansen
Field Manager

Before becoming a field manager, Chris was a painter and then a supervisor for the JF Company. He's also a husband and the father of five children who keep him as busy at home as he is at work.

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Thomas Holschbach
Field Superintendent

Tommy began his career with JF as a painter in 1993. Since then he has moved his way up through painting supervisor, and today manages the JF field crews.

When not working, he loves spending time with his wife, daughters, and beagle, Bo.

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Kirk Duffer
Manager

Kirk joined the JF Company in 2014, but had worked with Bob Johnson for 12 years prior to becoming an official member of the team. A Texas native, he has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industry.

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Mike Jones
General Trades Manager

Mike joined the JF family in 2014. Mike has over 15 years of experience in estimating and managing General Trades Work. He now handles The JF Company's General Trade department, handling everything from estimating to job completion. An avid Bengals fan and a newlywed, he enjoys cheering on his team with his wife.

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Office Security

If you come into our office, chances are you will be greeted by at least one of these guys, but usually all three.  They belong to our two owners, but they are absolutely part of our team (some would argue the best part).  Symon and Oliver have been coming to the office since they were puppies and take their jobs very seriously.  Dak is a new addition, having recently joined the team after 10 years of loyal service in the U.S. Military. We are so honored to have him as a part of our family.   

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Ivan Benavidez
Project Engineer

Ivan comes to our Company after many years of experience in the Construction Industry as a Foreman, Supervisor and Estimator. As the opportunities grew he realized that he needed to be better prepared, so he went to College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Studies. Ivan looks forward to utilizing his knowledge with The JF Company and adding their principals to his tool belt of expierences. 

     

 

 

Tony Thompson
Estimator

Tony was born and raised in Ohio. He has worked in the construction field for 18 years estimating and in the field. He is the father of three children and also a grandfather of two. When not at work he spends his time with family, church and his hobbies.

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Keri Bartucci
Safety Auditor

 

Keri’s path into Health and Safety began when she attained her certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians while serving in the United States Air Force Reserves. Presently in pursuit of her Safety Professional Certification, Keri possesses OSHA 30, OSHA 510, and Confined Space certifications.

Day-to-day, you’ll see Keri out on our job sites – ensuring that The JF Company employees are working in a safe manner, and in the safest possible environment that we can provide. Keri will work closely with our office staff, our field employees and our project partners to further enrich and refine our safety program.

When not wearing her Safety Director hard hat, Keri is spending time with her husband and their four children.