Leading Ladies 2020

Leading Ladies 2020: Jean Hauser



THE COLOR HOUSE, a paint and design retailer with four storefronts in Rhode Island, has recently earned state certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). To date, The Color House is the first and only RI paint and design retailer to hold the WBE certification.

The Color House is a second- generation, family-owned paint and decorating business specializing in providing superior quality Benjamin Moore paints, stains, primers, and industrial coatings with the expert knowledge and advice that customers need to get their projects done right. In addition to paint, The Color House offers the largest selection of wallcovering in the state, along with window treatments and color consultations.

Jean Hauser, President, inherited ownership of her husband’s family-run paint and wall covering business after he passed away in 2016. It marked a turning point – both for the company started in 1963, and for Jean herself. With four recently-renovated locations and a fifth planned to open this spring, The Color House’s phenomenal growth continues under Jean’s leadership.

“I believe in women supporting women – whether that means partnering together, promoting one another, or providing support and resources we need to be successful,” she says. “The WBE certification demonstrates how proud we are to be a woman-owned business. It is also a reflection of The Color House as an inclusive team that values and appreciates the diversity of every customer who walks through our door.”

Jean is also leading the way for women in the traditionally male-dominated paint industry. Earlier this year, she became the first woman appointed committee chair of the AllPro® Corporation (AllProCorp. com), a business-to-business purchasing cooperative for the international paint and decorating industry. “It is a privilege to represent a 280-member network of international paint and design retailers, but I am especially honored to be a voice for fellow women business owners at the table.”


The Color House • Locations in Cranston, North Kingstown, Wakefield, Middletown, & Smithfield (opening Mid-March)


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