Richard Devick – Founder & Partner
The origins of this family-owned business dates back to 1935 in New York when Sy Devick (my father) was hired as a 20 year old apprentice paint salesman for Bear Brothers paints (a company where my grandfather was already working as a salesman).
After being discharged from the army (WWII) Sy decided he didn’t want to work for anyone and started his own paint manufacturing business in New Jersey specializing in hi-performance industrial coatings. He was proud that one item was used by NASA.
In 1968 he sold the business and moved to sunny south Florida. Shortly thereafter he began making paint in a small garage and selling it from the house that was on site. He was determined to make the best architectural paints specifically formulated for our unique tropical climate. I worked in that garage when home on vacation from college learning how to make paint and production procedures.
In 1977, after graduating from the University of Florida, I began my tenure at UCI, my father passed away a few years later. Using the entrepreneurial spirit that I must have inherited from my father UCI has grown to a 30,000 square foot facility off I-95 just north of Sunrise Blvd. and has earned the reputation of making the best quality, longest lasting exterior paints for use in our unique tropical climate, bar none.
Currently, my son Sam, is working part time while at college, with the intentions of following is his grandfather’s footsteps.
To conjunction with our superior products, we pre-qualified a few of our areas quality minded painting contractors. Therefore, we offer an unprecedented warranty that includes faulty application and faulty workmanship. We offer a more thorough warranty than that of the national paint companies to provide our local customers with an educated decision when selecting what product or what contractor to use. We are continuously updating our qualified contractor, removing and adding as required by their job performance.
1977 Graduated from University of Florida with a major in accounting and marketing
1979 Graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla campus short course of coatings technology.
1980 Elected chairman of the Southern Society for Coating Technology
1984 Director of the Palm Beach County Chapter of PDCA.
1997 I graduated from a short course on Concrete Restoration Products and procedures
UCI has attained our initial mission and my father’s goal which is to manufacturer the finest quality coatings chemically engineered specifically for our tropical climate.
Mrs. Melissa Goupee, was born in Washington, PA. She relocated to South Florida and received a technical degree in Computer, Science. Her career was built in construction and project coordinating from 2004 to 2010 where she was a contractor assistant. Melissa joined Sherwin Williams in 2011-2013 as an outside sales associate. Melissa became a part of the UCI Team in 2013. Melissa has added her expertise of paint and construction to her present position as General Manager.
Marketing & Social Media Manager
Mrs. Julie Devick is from Ossining, New York. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. After graduating in 1982, she relocated to the south Florida area. After working in the Criminal Justice field for several years she transitioned to the Residential Interior Design field where she owned her own decorating business while raising her family. Since 2014 Julie has joined the family business utilizing her skills in Marketing and Social Media.
Mr. Mike Clevens, A native born Floridian. Mike graduated in 1988 from Miami Norland Senior High School. He started his career in1998 with Broward Paint/Duron Paints as the service center manager and outside sales representative. He joined Florida's Choice Contracting hi-rise concrete restoration/painting contractor company in 2005. Where he excelled as the outside sales representative. Mike joined the UCI family in May of 2015. He is now the Sales Director for South Florida.
Mr. Sam Devick is a native Floridian raised in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Presently, he is working on his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida Atlantic University. While Sam is attending college he is also working full time at UCI Paints. Sam’s grandparents started the company in 1935. Sam has grown up in the industry and has great insight into the company. We are excited to add his new approach to the manufacturing of our paints and coatings as he takes his place as the 3rd generation family member to carry on the UCI Paints brand.
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