Sue Lempert

When, 33 years ago, Orlando Trujillo purchased a corner house in the Baywood neighborhood of San Mateo, an eyesore neglected for years, he transformed it with a new coat of paint and new landscaping. He also put up his sign: “Orlando Trujillo Painting” on the front yard. Neighbors and passers-by took notice and soon if someone needed a paint job they hired Trujillo.

By then, he already had a successful business headquartered at its present site on Amphlett Boulevard. He had 45 employees and the company worked throughout the Bay Area. But from the start, it was a family business. His wife, Elida, was the bookkeeper, office manager and banker. She did everything but wield a paint brush. Without her, Trujillo said the business never would have succeeded. His brother and sister also worked for the company. His brother Michael still does; his sister Gloria Matthew retired after 30 years.

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