Jean Hauser inherited ownership of her husband’s family-run paint and wall covering business after he passed away in 2016. It marked a turning point – both for The Color House, the company started by her father in law in 1963, and for Hauser herself.
Digging in deep to her background in fashion merchandising and interior design as well as 20 years’ worth of business expertise accumulated working alongside her husband, Hauser led a major makeover that transformed The Color House into Rhode Island’s leading Benjamin Moore paint and design retailer within three short years.
With four recently-renovated Rhode Island locations and a fifth planned to open in spring 2020, The Color House’s phenomenal growth continues under Hauser’s leadership. Her sole ownership of the company has just earned The Color House state certification as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise, opening up new opportunities to work with federal, state and local government agencies. To date, The Color House is the first and only Rhode Island paint and design retailer to hold the WBE certification.
“I believe in women supporting women – whether that means partnering together, promoting one another or providing whatever support and resources we need to be successful,” Hauser says. “The WBE certification demonstrates how proud we are to be a woman-owned business. It is also a reflection of The Color House as an inclusive team that values and appreciates the diversity of every customer who walks through our door.”
In addition to overseeing the transformation of The Color House, Hauser is also leading the way for women in the traditionally male-dominated paint industry.
Earlier this year, she became the first woman appointed committee chair of the AllPro® Corporation, a business to business purchasing cooperative for the international paint and decorating industry.
“It is a privilege to represent a 280-member strong network of paint and design retailers at the international level, but I am especially honored to be a voice and a presence for fellow women business owners at the table.”
About The Color House:The Color House is a second-generation, family-owned paint and decorating business, specializing in providing superior quality Benjamin Moore paints, stains, primers and industrial coatings with the expert knowledge and advice that you need to get your project done right. The Color House has four locations including Cranston, North Kingstown, Wakefield and Middletown, with a fifth store in Smithfield opening in March 2020.
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