Chip Dobner founded AAPCO in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia. Initially, the business served as a new construction painting contractor for the multi-family apartment industry. Prior to starting AAPCO, Chip continued to work in operations and sales for a large paint manufacturer, co-owned a paint dealership, and worked as a representative for a spray equipment company.
In 1991, Chip decided to make a full-time commitment to building AAPCO and moved the business to Charlotte, North Carolina where he began to pursue and attract renovation projects in the Carolinas. With Chip's focus on building long-term client relationships through quality work that earned their trust, AAPCO quickly grew into one of the largest multi-family apartment renovation contractors in the area. But, in addition to building relationships, Chip saw the business had a higher calling. By integrating his strong faith into his day-to-day running of the business, he could do more than build a reputable company. He could also impact people's lives in a positive way. In 2000, with his business thriving, Chip made the decision to pursue pastoral ministry and started a local congregation. In 2002 he turned the day-to-day operations of AAPCO over to his brother Stan to pursue his ministry full-time.
Today, although he is not as active in AAPCO as in the past, Chip and his wife Stephanie are still involved in important decisions and maintaining the vision for the business - ensuring that his business and his ministry work hand-in-hand to make a meaningful impact on people's lives.
As the brother of AAPCO founder, Chip Dobner, Stan started his career with AAPCO in 1988 as a Project Manager and Estimator. Like his brother, before making a full-time commitment to AAPCO, Stan owned other businesses â€” paint contracting firms in Atlanta and Charlotte. In 1994, Stan was named Vice President of Operations and has been instrumental in the decision-making process that has grown AAPCO from a small multi-family apartment painting contractor to a multi-million dollar general contractor that specializes in all aspects of multi-family apartment renovation.
In 2002, Stan was named Executive Vice President and took over day-to-day operations so Chip could pursue pastoral ministry full-time. In 2006, Stan was named President and continues to nurture the company vision of building strong client relationships while having a positive effect on the lives of the people his associates meet and work with.