After years of working for material handling companies and gaining extensive knowledge and experience, Hector took a leap of faith in 1991. He and his wife Brenda decided to start their own material handling company right out of their living room. There with a small folding table underneath the staircase, a phone, pen and pad, Quality Material Handling was born. Starting as a one-man team, Hector did everything on his own – including closing sales, making deliveries, visiting customers, and performing installations. He would stop at gas stations to change out of workwear and into suits when transitioning from installations to sales calls. In his first year of business, Hector grossed $127,000. It was his positive energy and optimism, along with Brenda’s support, that became the driving force behind their success.
Hector’s biggest victory comes from fighting for his business through tough times. Like most businesses, QMH faced extreme challenges during the recession in 2009. There was also an issue of internal theft that took a toll on the business. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed by these problems, Hector and Brenda pushed through with diligence and integrity, keeping the unwavering faith and optimism responsible for their success.
Where We Are Today
It’s through his relentless work ethic that Hector is where he is today, going from a one-man show in the early ’90s to currently employing more than 50 dedicated and hard-working people. In the thirty years since Quality Material Handling was started, it has grown into a multi-million dollar business and shows no signs of slowing down. Hector and Brenda Pinto share ownership of QMH as CEO and CFO, respectively. The family-owned company has continued to flourish since their daughter Julia was appointed Chief Operating Officer and has been taking their business to new levels in recent years.