NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What's it like to work for Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B)? Just ask Benjamin Moore CEO Michael Searles, who attended the storied conglomerate's annual meeting this weekend.

"Working for Warren is an honor and a privilege," says Searles, the top executive of the paint company. "Not just working for Warren, but the culture that Berkshire Hathaway has created is something unique."Searles, who previously worked in the apparel business for 40 years, joined Benjamin Moore as its CEO just 18 months ago and feels like "a rookie baseball player that just got signed by the Yankees." 

Discussing Buffett's leadership qualities, Searles spoke to the values the investment titan represents and lives by. "A promise from Warren Buffett is a promise from Berkshire Hathaway," he said. "And promises are kept."

For example, as Searles explained, when Buffett bought Benjamin Moore in 2000, he made a promise to the company's independent dealers that Benjamin Moore paint would never be sold in big-box stores such as Lowe's (LOW) and Home Depot (HD). Such a situation would have made it much more difficult for independent paint dealers to compete. "He's kept that word," Searles said.

 


More Berkshire Hathaway Coverage

10 Strange Facts About Warren Buffett's Annual Meeting

Warren Buffett's Take on Coca-Cola Is out of Touch

Warren Buffett Still Having Fun, Hasn't Lost His Touch


 

Even if Benjamin Moore could make more money by partnering with those huge home improvement retailers, Searles said Buffett is dedicated to maintaining "values and promises kept" for Benjamin Moore's 5,000 independent, family-owned paint dealers.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

More from Investing

Tesla Investor Pushing for More Board Changes

Tesla Investor Pushing for More Board Changes

What You Need to Know About Facebook and Europe's New Privacy Rules

What You Need to Know About Facebook and Europe's New Privacy Rules

8 Bold Moves General Motors Could Make to Rev Up Its Battered Stock Price

8 Bold Moves General Motors Could Make to Rev Up Its Battered Stock Price

Is Your Investment Portfolio Prepared for Trade Wars, Inflation and More Trump?

Is Your Investment Portfolio Prepared for Trade Wars, Inflation and More Trump?

Racing Legend Mario Andretti's Retirement Should Be Used as a Model for Retirees

Racing Legend Mario Andretti's Retirement Should Be Used as a Model for Retirees