Raised in a family of contractors, Harrison Edwards has continued the family legacy as president and founder of Bright Bins and My Painter & Exteriors, two rapidly growing home service companies serving Northern Virginia. “My father was a contractor, my brother is a roofer and my uncle was a developer. I grew up in ‘the trades.’” Home contracting is in his blood, but he is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit.
Since the founding of My Painter in 2016, the company has grown from one to 28 employees and to nearly 600 customers annually. Bright Bins, founded in 2020, now serves 2,000 customers by subscription. Both companies are run by Harrison and his business partner, Ryan Miller, with the support of Harrison’s wife, Ashley.
To what does Harrison attribute his success? “We hire the best people, our workmanship is top quality and we do business with integrity.” Extensive networking reinforces his relationships with customers and friends in the trades. And great communication is key, Harrison says. Every My Painter customer receives a detailed description of the job to be performed, a projected timeline and daily status reports.
In his free time, Harrison enjoys socializing with friends he’s made in business and the community. He also loves spending time with his wife at his parents’ farm in Culpeper and Ashley’s family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Wherever they are, they’re accompanied by their beloved Golden Retrievers, River and Aura—named for paint colors, of course.
“What I love most about my work is the sense of connection, serving a purpose and helping the community.”