The Zelinsky Company has over 130 years of experience in commercial and industrial painting and finishing.
Our mission is to be…THE CONTRACTOR OF CHOICE.
To achieve the highest standard in our industry for Quality, Service, Efficiency, and Environmental Health and Safety. To conduct business with Honesty and Integrity at all times. To create a family environment for our employees and to provide them with a positive safe environment with opportunity to grow professionally and personally.
A Painting Dynasty
D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. was founded in 1884 by David Zelinsky (Kenneth Zelinsky’s great Uncle) and established its first office in Oakland, California then shortly after moved its offices to San Francisco. D. Zelinsky & Sons became one of the largest painting contractors in the United States with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles (California), Sacramento (California) and associate offices in Seattle (Washington), and Washington, D.C.
Ken Zelinsky started with D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. after his service with the U.S. Marine Corps. He began as an apprentice painter in 1957. After serving his apprenticeship and working as a job foreman, Ken entered into estimating, and shortly afterward assumed the responsibility of branch manager of the firm’s Sacramento operations.
In 1971 D. Zelinsky & Son’s opened its branch office in Honolulu Hawaii with Ken as the Vice President and General Manager of operations. Within four years, with long hours, tenacity, and dedication, Ken grew the Hawaii operations to a workforce of 60 men, and increased the volume of work tenfold.
In 1976, Ken purchased the Hawaii branch continuing the legacy with D. Zelinsky & Sons of Hawaii, Inc. Ken continued the success of the business with invaluable partners including his secretary and life long partner “wife” Constance “Hap” Fischer and his superintendent Sung Man U, known as “Johnny U”.
John and Lari moved to Hawaii in 2002 to learn the business and help Ken slow down so he and his wife Hap could enjoy their retirement. In 2012 Ken transferred the company ownership to his three children, Steve, Lari and Matt. His Daughter Lari Zelinsky-Bloom and his son-in-law John Bloom together manage and run the operations.
As of 2019 Lari is now CEO and 100% share holder. John is President/Director of Business Development. John & Lari’s son Chad joined the company in 2012 as a project manager and estimator. Chad, being the next generation, has to wear multiple hats and is involved in all aspects of the business. Chad is currently the Vice President and overseeing each division. They work together with the same commitment and dedication as Ken when he was building the Hawaii operations. As the fifth generation of the Zelinsky heritage, they plan to continue the business and the legacy onto the future. John, Lari, and Chad know that they are only a small part of the continued success, and that it takes a dedicated and loyal team of employees to carry the company into the future.
The Zelinsky family also owns the Lazy Z Resort in Twain Harte, California. The ranch was once owned by Ken’s father, Harold Zelinsky, and operated as a guest resort. Ken’s oldest son Stephen is the current resident operator of the resort. Stephen also runs a painting business (S.K. Zelinsky Painting). Ken’s youngest, Mathew, also lives on the resort property; he is a retired Sergeant with the Tuolumne County Sheriff Office. Matthew is also involved with the family business and is very talented carpenter responsible for a recent remodel of the cabins at the resort.