The T. L. Hart Story
T. L. Hart, Inc. was founded in January, 1985, as the cumulative effort of a group of Christian businessmen who called themselves “The King’s Club”. Having spent two years studying biblical principles of management, the King’s Club decided in July of 1984 to select a business from within the group to apply what they had learned. They chose Hart Painting Company, which had gross sales in 1984 of $240,000.
From August to December the group spent one meeting per month picking apart and reviewing Hart Painting Company. In between meetings a committee was appointed to work with Hart on specific areas of the business. At its final meeting in December, the group, along with Terry Hart, presented a business plan for a completely new business, T. L. Hart, Inc.
The real story, however, began in November, 1977, when Terry Hart was involved in a dramatic explosion. While off work recovering from injuries he sustained in the accident, Terry got the idea of starting a painting company. Thus in the Spring of 1978 T. L. Hart’s roots were planted, with the establishment of three successive small businesses: Brothers in Christ Painting Company (1978), Daystar Painting Company (1979-1980), and Hart Painting Company (1980-1984).
About Terry Hart
A native of Michigan, Terry Hart is responsible for the general oversight of the company, including administration, sales, and operations. He is a 1968 graduate of St. Johns High School. He earned an Associates Degree from Lansing Community College in 1971 and has completed numerous training and management seminars through his active association involvement. He is a former board member and past President of the Associated Builders and Contractors – Central Michigan Chapter, past President of the Michigan Council Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), former National Board Member of PDCA, and current Treasurer of the Michigan Council, PDCA. He is happily married and has five grown children and ten grandchildren. He is an avid reader and active in church related affairs.