Young Moon: Business-Minded
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SANTA CLARA —Just a couple of years into his painting career, Young Moon felt primed to start his own business. “Back in 2006, I had just returned from South Korea and didn’t have a career lined up,” he recounts. “My brother-in-law was a painter and he recommended I learn the trade, so I decided to give it a shot. I got a job working for his previous boss and worked for him for the next two years. While I enjoyed painting, I eventually came to realize that I preferred the business side of things to the actual hands-on work. This made me think I should start my own painting business. With a little help from my brother-in-law, I got everything set up and started Green Brush Painting Company in 2009.”
Today, Young says his favorite part of his job is the variety. “I like the fact that I get to meet a lot of different people and work in a lot of different homes. I’m very interested in architecture, so it’s neat to see the various designs of the houses I work in, from the old to the new.”
Originally from South Korea, Young resides today in Santa Clara with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing at home and taking his family on occasional trips to North Lake Tahoe.
In regard to a professional philosophy, Young espouses the importance of communication. “Communication is a crucial part of customer service,” he affirms. “That’s why I make it a point to communicate a lot with my customers, both at the beginning of the project and after it’s completed. If the customer is unhappy about an aspect of the work, I’ll reach out, find out what the issue is and make sure it gets addressed in a timely manner. People really appreciate that kind of responsiveness, so I think it goes a long way toward ensuring customer satisfaction.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Young says he’d book an extended vacation. “I don’t go on many long vacations because of my job—mostly I just do weekend trips. So, if I retired, I’d go on a month-long vacation to Europe, or maybe to South Korea to visit family. Either one sounds great to me.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was actually a hair designer for a short time. That was where I learned that I didn’t like staying in the same place all day. That’s one of the things I like about painting—I’m in a new place every day.
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music.Read more