With a keen interest in painting and a shared passion for excellence, Jill French and Alison Heather have been working together since 1992. In 2000 Heather & French was formed and our company has enjoyed steady growth which we attribute to our commitment to quality, attention to detail and dedication to our employees and customers.
This approach has attracted residential and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as experienced and reliable employees who work efficiently as a team.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Alison Heather arrived in New York in 1984 with a strong desire to get to work. Before long, Alison had found her way out to the West Coast and onto a painting crew.
"That crew is where I learned I had the foundation of the craft. How to run a job. The importance of paying attention to the details and the big picture at the same time. And most importantly, how to establish and maintain client relationships."
It was on that same crew that Alison first met Jill French. The two bonded through their work ethic and love of the trade. "We were (and still are) very different people, but we find common ground in our core values: respect, responsibility and communication. Today, those values are the cornerstones of our business,” says Alison.
Dedicated to providing clients outstanding customer service while delivering exceptional results, Alison is known for her calm demeanor and ability to keep things running smoothly even while resolving problems.
Outside of work she is passionate about meditating, Ocean Beach and local art and design.
Owner, Production Manager
High-energy, high standards and the ability to motivate others are what make Jill such a talented production manager. With 26 years in the trade, she is strategic and efficient and has an amazing capacity with details. She is always interested in new products and application techniques. Since the industry is constantly changing, Jill's ability to keep current with technical information is invaluable to Heather & French.
"I love the opportunity of dealing with all the different people and components that go into making a project successful."
Kay Duncan has decades of experience in office administration and management.
Before moving West and joining Heather and French in 2009. Kay was a founding Board member of a HIV-AIDS resource agency in East Texas.
Her no-nonsense attitude and attention to detail makes her a formidable presence at H&F. She is the glue that keeps the front office and production together.
In addition to being exceptionally organized and capable, Kay has a great sense of humor. She is a tenacious problem solver and a highly effective manager. We couldn’t do it without her
In her spare time Kay likes to volunteer and hike with her dog Millie.
Stephanie is a native San Franciscan and started her career at 15 years old working in her family business. She has vast experience in office administration and customer service. She is bilingual speaking English and Spanish.
Among other things she is the liaison between the crew and the office for all of H&F human resource needs. She is dedicated to raising her 14 year old daughter, she likes hiking, the thriving restaurant scene in San Francisco, and exploring the city with her daughter.
Greg began his career in the construction industry a decade ago. He has a wide range of experience in the industry, ranging from estimating, project and office management to tile setting and framing.
Greg's people skills and math ability make him a natural fit for estimating and client relations. Being very detailed oriented and focused, gives him the ability to produce well thought out and thorough bids.
From day one Greg has been a team player and great asset to H&F. Today, he is a core member of our team.
In Greg’s spare time he likes to listen to and collect vinyl records, hang out with his wife and kids- his dog Bella and cat Gene.
Francisco is a foundational member of the H&F team.
He began painting at 18 and has been serious about the trade ever since. He is a true craftsman and has a love and natural aptitude for fine finish and high quality work. He is proficient in all aspects of prep work, painting, staining and color matching.
He is a gifted and thoughtful manager. He brings a collaborative spirit, a calm demeanor, bi lingual skills and the ability to teach and train crew to his position. His thoughtful, pre-planning and clear communication and is a crucial part of setting up the H&F teams for success on every project.
“What I love most is being part of a team that can turn anything into a masterpiece. Seeing the look of appreciation on the client's face when we complete a project --that’s priceless.”
When he is not working, Francisco enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and his beautiful little girl.
Foreman Erick has been working on high end paint projects for the past ten years, he has demonstrated his skills as an outstanding leader on every job since he joined Heather & French.
His painting skills are exceptional, some of the highest we have seen in the industry. He is a self-described “perfectionist”
His capacity to teach and mentor others along with his professional and respectful attitude towards everyone on the job site makes him a natural leader for the H&F team.
Production Manager Jill French notes, “Crews really love working with Erick because they know that his success can be their success, too. He’s always upbeat and positive. Really, he’s a great role model for all of us!”
Foreman Luis has been a valuable member of the H&F team from his first day on the job 9 years ago. He had 6 years prior experience with another high end Bay Area painting company. He understood early on in his training that quality prep work is an integeral part of a great finish coat. His dedication to his craft over many years has made him a highly skilled and productive painter.
He is admired by all of us for his prep work, dedication to the painting craft and for his elite work ethic. He sets a high standard for himself and his crews. He really cares about his projects and he brings pride and professionalism to every job site.
When he is not working Luis enjoys a game of soccer, spending time with his family and community. He credits his wife with bringing balance to his life.
Patrick has been painting in San Francisco and taking pride in his work for 23 years. He learned his craft working with two reputable local paint contractors. He joined the H&F team in 2009 and has been working hard ever since.
Patrick is highly skilled and efficient in prep work and restoration of San Francisco Victorians. He runs his crew by example and doesn’t shy away from the hard work his projects require. He goes the extra mile every day and motivates his crews to do the same. Patrick is extremely reliable and trustworthy.
When he is not working he is surfing at Ocean Beach and doing Jiu Jitsu. Patrick appreciates that his office is the outdoors and the beautiful scenery that changes every day.
Arturo started his training as a painter 18 years ago. He is proficient in all aspects of interior and exterior painting. Arturo is extremely hard working and reliable. He take a lot of pride in developing his crew and motivating others.
Arturo is able to create a very positive work environment, crews love working with him because of his can-do attitude and the pride he takes in a job well done. When he is not working he loves spending time with his family and his young son.
Luis has a decade of painting experience working on Bay Area homes.He spent his early years doing lots of prep work, fine hand sanding, restoration and glazing.He is a quick and enthusiastic learner and engages whole hearly in his craft and profession.He loves to study and learn new skills. He has a lot of experience on tall ladders, scaffold and with everything exterior painting related.
He cares about the clients and treats every home and project with the upmost care and consideration. His positive personality and emotional intelligence make him a natural leader. He like to transmit his love of painting to his team mates.
He says that the time flys by when you love your work.
His hobbies are the outdoors, the forest, dirt bikes, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and his dog. He is looking forward to becoming a father this year.
Jose Martinez Sanchez
Jose began his painting career in the Bay Area 15 years ago. He learned his trade working with 2 local high end companies. He has been a foreman for many years running large crews of up to 13 painters.
Jose is a very well rounded painter with a comprehensive skill set. On top of the usual painting skills he sprays, stains and does drywall and carpentry. His easy going manner and good communication skills make him a favourite with our clients.
He takes pride in a job well done and having a happy client.
He enjoys music, exercise, hiking and spending time with family.