By Nick Nahas
If you could paint a perfect picture of a thriving local business that generously gives back to the community, it would be of Rob Silver’s Dynamic Painting USA. The company started back in March 2007 when Silver started booking jobs before he even had employees, and he had to do most of the painting by himself.
Today, the interior and exterior house painting business has taken off and Silver now has over 20 employees working for him within a 25-mile radius of the Brandon, Valrico, Fishhawk and Riverview areas.
Silver is very appreciative of the local community where he started his company and found success, which has lead to his generosity of giving back to people in need of a helping hand. According to Silver, he has donated on average $2,500-$3,000 of exterior paint jobs every year for close to five years. The campaign, called Painting From the Heart, gives exterior paint jobs to single mothers on Mother’s Day and servicemen or veterans during the holidays. For the last 10 years, he has also given $3,000-$4,000 in certificates to local charities for room makeovers every year.
For the 10th anniversary, Silver plans on donating $10,000 in paint jobs. “I don’t do it for the recognition, I do it because I love to give back to the community,” he said. “I am very blessed with how my business has progressed, and if I can make a small difference in somebody’s life by giving a paint job away, then I’d love to do that.”
In March, four people will be selected to receive $2,500 worth of free painting. Potential recipients will write a 500-word essay on why they would like a paint job, and must include a picture of their house in order to be eligible. Entry forms will be available at Osprey Observer headquarters. Certain restrictions apply.
The idea for the Painting from the Heart campaign started when Silver put an ad on Craigslist trying to get rid of the extra gallons of paint he had. A single mother contacted him asking for just one gallon so that she could paint her garage. It inspired a full donation. “I love helping out others, it’s a great feeling,” he said.
In addition to Painting from the Heart, Silver has also been involved as a guardian for Honor Flight of West Central Florida, taking WWII Veterans on a trip to D.C. for the day. For information on Dynamic Painting USA, visit their website at http://dynamicpaintingusa.com.