Teevan Restoration began as Teevan Painting, one of the largest painting contractors in Northern California. During the 1980s, it downsized and added historical restoration and remodeling. In 1999, founder Jim Teevan hired fellow Yale graduate Benjamin Ladomirak and began grooming him to take over the business. When Teevan passed away from cancer in 2002, he left the business to Ladomirak and Ladomirak's wife Jesse, a lawyer and also the company's general manager.

The Ladomiraks credit dedicated team members with keeping the company strong during the difficult transition. The couple tightened systems, clarified roles and responsibilities, and created a culture of individual and team accountability. Their business plan emphasizes development and training of employees, many of whom are Spanish-speaking immigrants. A lot of effort is spent educating staff in the company's service-oriented values as well as in leadership and English language skills. The Ladomiraks have an interpreter attend staff meetings and employee evaluations, and they coordinate and pay for English classes twice a week at the company's office.