Today we’d like to introduce you to Dion Tomasini.
Dion, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, I had been working in the art world for a number of years. I was working for a gallery then went freelance and then ran into and old friend, Ben Milch. Ben and I have known each other since kindergarten. Ben had an art handling company for about seven years prior to us running into each other again. He wanted to expand his business and start-up an art storage company. We met and discussed what he was looking for and kind of what I had envisioned for this future space. I had set up a storage space for a gallery I was working for and had met with other big art storage companies so I had an idea of what we would need to do. I started the search for a warehouse on Jan 2, 2020 and we opened our doors in March of 2020. We started the same week as the pandemic put LA in lockdown but it was a good time for me to be In the warehouse and get set up. As we were able to build and take in our client’s art, I was able to expand and start offering crating. Once we had that going, I was able to take in bigger and bigger crating jobs while the art storage business grew. I’ve been able to crate some pretty awesome pieces for clients and friends!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been smooth… When the pandemic started, we had to let all the employees go. So it was just Ben and I. Building out a warehouse with a skeleton crew was a tough task. That being said, we were able to stay open and grow and I am very thankful for that.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am currently the director of Secure Art Storage. We do art storage and I crate just about everything that people want crated. In the beginning of the year, I was able to crate a very large sculpture for my good friend Max Hooper Schneider. It went to Korea for a show that will be opening in May. It was the most challenging job I had ever had and I doubt there will be another to that scale. Look up “Transfer Station” by Max Hooper Schneider to see some pics.
What sets us apart from some of the larger companies is that we are more one on one with our clients. Clients have my cell number and can call me anytime. If someone needs something crated or packed, Ben or myself are personally going to visit and get a sense of what needs to be done.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Don’t make evening plans! Starting any kind of business from the ground up takes all of your time. But if you like to work hard and you are stoked on your work, then you will be just fine.
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