Your Trusted Painting Professionals

Harris & Ruth Painting has built a fantastic team of painting experts, comprising experienced painting estimators, a full team of commercial, office, and industrial painters, and a dedicated support staff. As a 100% employee-owned business, all of our people have a real stake in the direction of our company, and we all share in our successes collectively. Explore the page below to meet the real driving force of our company at every level: our team.


Dan Benitez

President/Chief Financial Officer
Dan is the newly appointed C.F.O. for Harris & Ruth Painting, and has over 30 years of experience in the painting industry. Throughout his career he has been a successful estimator, project manager, and salesman of projects in the commercial and residential markets. He is active in Harris & Ruth’s business development and manages a respectable client base. Dan serves on the Board of Directors for the Tri-County PDCA and he is also a member of the Building Owners Managers Association of Inland Empire, and Institute of Real Estate Management Inland Empire.

In his spare time, you’ll find him enjoying lake and mountain vacations with his wife and their three daughters.
Contact: (626) 960-4004 ext. 123

Terry Cairy

Chairman of the Board, Project Manager
Terry has over 50 years of experience in the painting and wallcovering industry. He is a self-made professional, working his way from the role of a painter to field superintendent, estimating, sales, and eventually to president and owner of Harris & Ruth. In 2004, Terry had the vision of transitioning Harris & Ruth from a sole proprietorship to a 100% ESOP company (employee stock ownership plan) ensuring the future of the company and its employees. Terry provides detailed cost estimates and project Management to key accounts. We are happy to have him on the team.
Trade Affiliations: Current member and past president of the Tri-County Painting and Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA)
Contact: (626) 960-4004 ext. 107

Mark Heydorff

Director, Project Manager
Mark is a Director and Project Manager for Harris & Ruth Painting, and he has over 31 years of experience in the construction industry, ranging from general contracting to the painting and wallcovering industry. He provides detailed cost estimates to his customers and manages awarded projects from start to finish. Mark was instrumental in transitioning Harris & Ruth from a sole proprietorship to a 100% ESOP company (employee stock ownership plan). We are happy to have him on the team.
Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Bachelor of Science in Education, 1975.
Continuing Education: University of California at Los Angeles: Business Construction Law, 2001; The Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego: Certificate of Completion ESOP Fiduciary, 2013.
Contact: (626) 960-4004 ext. 103

Javier Lopez

Executive Superintendent
Javier Lopez is our Superintendent and Safety Manager. He oversees the operations of each worksite from planning to completion, keeping all phases on-schedule. He’s been with the company since April of 2004, completed his apprenticeship training, and soon thereafter became a Lead Foreman. In June of 2014, Javier became our Executive Superintendent. Javier’s gifts are his excellent crew leadership skills, scheduling and trade knowledge. He is relied-upon for sound decision-making and problem-solving as needed. His duties also include essential quality control and subcontractor coordination responsibilities. Javier maintains several certifications in the construction industry, including OSHA 30-hour, CPR training, lead awareness, certified AWP trainer, and scaffold training certificates. Javier is a husband and father of 3 who lives in Covina, CA.
Contact: (626) 960-4004 ext. 120

Chanel Salazar

Lead Project Administrator
Chanel is our Lead Project Administrator. She came to us with 17 years of experience as Project Administrator and Senior Project Coordinator for two general contracting firms. She works with our Project Managers and Executive Superintendent to assist them with contract processing, change orders, submittals, billing, and placing material orders. In her free, time she enjoys spending time with her 4 boys and is very involved with their sports activities. She is a valued employee and an asset to our team.
Contact: (626) 960-4004 ext. 100


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