We had the good fortune of connecting with James Mansour and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi James, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
At a very young age I realized that I wanted to be my own boss and own my own business as most of my family had done. I used to work with my Uncle in his hardware store in Pennsylvania and with my Father painting in the Bronx. I enjoyed using my hands, building things, and figuring out the best way to get things done. I love processes, and love being able to improve upon them. I am a problem solver. I remember a time that a customer came into the hardware store and wanted a kit to fix a trap underneath his sink. We were out of the particular kit he was looking for, but I knew exactly what he needed, I built a kit with random parts throughout the store for him and sold it to him that way. When it came to painting I really did not like getting dirty, I figured out the most strategic ways to paint difficult areas to avoid getting any paint on me. In 1998 we moved to Arizona and I continued to work with my father and after High School I worked for several different paint companies throughout the valley. As I grew up I felt like I wanted to try all kinds of different things, and to be the best I could be in them all. I worked fast food, car sales, advertising, dry cleaning, general manager for a gym, mortgages. I had no problem excelling in anything I put my mind to. Although I held pretty significant management positions I never felt satisfied or fulfilled. I decided to go back to school while working as a taxi driver, among other things. As I began to take more classes I realized all I wanted to focus on was business. Before I knew it I was writing business plans for all kinds of things, networking, and growing my knowledge. I began my first sole proprietorship as a home and garden specialists, installing trees, plants, garden beds, beautiful wooden decks, fountains, and custom wood furniture. Still I felt I was working on things that I was not completely passionate about, but it payed the bills, and I kept taking more classes. While in an entrepreneurship class I learned that I was an artistic entrepreneur and remembered how artistic painting could be. In 2015 after talking to my brother and father I decided to establish Mansour Valley Painting, take all of what I had learned and apply it to my passion for painting. While working I realized there was need for experienced painter.. I wanted to change the industry and make it, of course, the best. As I continued to grow as a business I learned how powerful a tool social media was and I tried to use it to my advantage. From Facebook, YouTube, and other Social Media platforms I took to painting a better picture of who a painter is, and worked to break the stereotype that I had experienced working for other paint companies. I was sick of hearing anyone with a paintbrush and a roller could be a painter. I wanted to show just how much skill a painter could have, and the quality people should expect when working with a professional. At that point The Arizona Painter brand was born. I had seen some other painter’s on social media, but nothing like I had planned, I wanted to give my viewers some thing satisfying to watch while educating on proper procedures, tools, and techniques. I knew that the more knowledge I could share the higher the standard for the entire painting industry. I continue to build my brand and connect with my community to provide beautiful professional painting.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
On top of being a painter I am involved in the Hip Hop Culture in the Valley. I grew up in the Bronx and love to be a part of the different art forms from Breakin’ to Graffiti. I work with local mural and aerosol artists as well as hip hop based organizations.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would try to coordinate a time to have friends in town when there is a First Friday event. There a so many different restaurants, clubs, local vendors, and art exhibitions. Making it even better are the many beautiful murals and art pieces displayed on buildings and down alley ways. When a mural artist from Phoenix Mural Arts or Love Fights Back wants to start a project I am the one they call to get the wall prepped out. I would want anyone who visits to see just how beautiful street art is and how it gives cities a little magic.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Although I have had many friends and family who have shaped and influenced my life I would have to say my wife has been one of the most important. When we first met, way before I asked her to marry me, we made an agreement that whether or not we stayed together we would come out on the other side as better versions of ourselves. She encouraged me to go back to school, she continued to push me to never give up and to keep searching for whatever makes me happy. She was in the mud digging holes with me when I started my home and garden company, and continues to work with me to this day as the Office Manager for Mansour Valley Painting. Without her love and support it may have taken me a lot longer to realize my passion and build my brand.

Website: mansourvalleypainting.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearizonapainter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mansourvalleypainting

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/thearizonapainter

Other: https://www.tiktok.com/discover/thearizonapainter

Image Credits
Odin Magana of Odin’s Eye Creations

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